Date:Saturday June 7 2008
It is barely a month since the league season ended yet the process by which certain clubs have made clear their interest in signing particular players under contract at other clubs has reached new levels of brazenness.
It is hard not to feel sympathy with Manchester United for what they have endured surrounding Ronaldo even accepting that their own behaviour in attracting Hargreaves is not immune to criticism. Inters actions in unsettling Hleb will lead to us losing a player that just a few months ago was 'committed` to the club.
United are the biggest club in the world yet even they can have their star player publicly approached by another club openly discussing the sort of figures they might be prepared to pay that player in wages. But if United follow through with their threat to report Calderon and vigorously pursue FIFA to take action against Real then they will be doing all football clubs a service. This is just the sort of high profile case that might effect a change and give clubs prone to this type of action serious pause for thought.
FIFA regulations are quite clear about such actions and if they had the will to act unilaterally they could certainly do so.
Their regulations state:
Article17.5 Any person subject to the FIFA Statutes and regulations (club officials, players` agents, players, etc.) who acts in a manner designed to induce a breach of contract between a professional and a club in order to facilitate the transfer of the player shall be sanctioned.
Article 18.3 A club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player`s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him. A professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or is due to expire within six months. Any breach of this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanctions.
Date:Saturday June 7 2008
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