EPFL and ECA Surprised by recent FIFPro Statements

EPFL and ECA Surprised by recent FIFPro Statements

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), chaired by Frédéric Thiriez, and the European Club Association (ECA), chaired by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, took note of FIFPro’s latest press releases in which they accuse EPFL and ECA to impede discussions on possible amendments to the transfer system and state their intention to pursue legal action.

Following the latest sub-working group of the FIFA Players’s tatus Committee on 23 January, it was agreed between EPFL/ECA and FIFPro to hold bilateral meetings to further discuss topics where disagreement exists. Consequently, both EPFL and ECA are very surprised by FIFPro’s latest press statements. Furthermore, the EPFL and ECA do not understand FIFPro’s sudden change in tone, which is regrettable.

EPFL and ECA would like to stress that they have always been committed to an open and fair dialogue within the appropriate institutional framework. Over the last couple of years, a lot has been achieved in different committees and working groups at UEFA and FIFA level involving all stakeholders, which in many cases has led to some concrete positive results for players as well. These achievements include, but are not limited to:

  • Signing and implementing the European Social Dialogue autonomous agreement on minimum contractual requirements for player contracts;
  • Tackling overdue payables towards players and clubs (e.g. recently issued new article to the FIFA Regulations on the Status & Transfers of Players and the EPFL Resolution on Overdue Payables recently approved by all Leagues);
  • Implementing of overdue payable rules within the scope of Financial Fair Play;
  • Changing the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber and Players’s tatus Committee procedural rules;
  • Developing a new provision on National Dispute Resolution Chambers; and
  • Lowering the registration age from 12 to 10 for transfers of minors

As agreed at the latest meeting, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues and the European Club Association are open to hold further discussions with FIFPro provided that these tackle all issues at stake and do not focus on individual and prejudicial stakeholders’proposals. Every stakeholder’s point of view must be heard and discussed.


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