INTERNATIONAL footballers’ union FifPro has withdrawn its two-year-old EU complaint against Fifa’s global transfer rules after the two agreed a six-year co-operation deal yesterday in Zurich.
Experts suggested the complaint’s result could be as far-reaching as a 1995 ruling that let players change clubs at the end of their contracts without their old side receiving a fee.
Talks on contract rules have been ongoing for 18 months. The first concession by Fifa will allow players who are not paid by their clubs, or are mistreated, to break their contracts and leave.
While this is not a major problem in football’s richer leagues, a 2016 FifPro survey of 14,000 of its members found 41 per cent of them had experienced delays in their pay and many had been forced to train alone in a bid to make them break contracts.
Players unpaid for two months, or who have been abused, will be able to seek compensation and intransigent clubs will face a transfer ban.