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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Mar 19, 2014

FIFPro wants transfer system reform

FIFPro has urged FIFA to address proposals to reform football’s transfer system.

Theo van Seggelen: FIFPro general secretary
Theo van Seggelen is unhappy with FIFA's behaviour.

The world players’ union feels the fundamental principles of the system are failing, and was hoping to voice its concerns at a FIFA Players' Status Committee meeting on March 19.

Among the items up for discussion FIFPro submitted to world football’s governing body ahead of the meeting were that of training compensation, restriction on unemployed players, the loan system and application of EU law principles.

However, according to a FIFPro statement, a six-man delegation “did not receive ample consideration to adequately table its proposals for the first time in a FIFA setting.”

FIFPro secretary general Theo van Seggelen said in the statement: "We are firmly committed to either replacing the current system or reforming it down to the principles by which it operates.

"However, by delaying the process and denying FIFPro the opportunity to properly discuss its proposals, FIFA indicates to us that they are still some way from understanding the seriousness of our claims.

"We are clearly disappointed and it does little other than to reaffirm our commitment to prepare all necessary legal means to bring about change."

FIFPro was, though, boosted by the news that FIFA is prepared to create a committee for transfer matters, who will look at adopting concrete proposals.

Van Seggelen said: "This is one step which we hope leads to much-needed reform in the interests of seeking solutions through constructive dialogue, but we will not allow negotiations to drag on. We are prepared to take decisive action." 

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