International top agents had long announced lawsuits against the FIFA reform of the regulations for players’ agents, now the world association has confirmed: Two proceedings are ongoing – in Germany.
Has identified a growing number of abusive practices: the world governing body FIFA.
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“As these are public matters, FIFA can confirm that there are two ongoing legal proceedings in Germany on this matter. In general, FIFA does not comment on ongoing legal proceedings,” said a spokesman for the association when asked by kicker. Many consultants see its reform plans as a declaration of war: Among other things, FIFA would like to cap agency commissions for transfers to three percent of the player’s salary or ten percent of the transfer fee.
For weeks the rumor has been wafting around in the industry that the reform is on hold due to an injunction. This was wrong, said a FIFA spokesman, but added: “Two attempts to obtain an injunction to prevent FIFA from introducing regulations have been rejected by German courts.”
The fact that the legal attacks against the tightened brokerage regulations apparently take place in the Federal Republic fits another part of the rumor. Accordingly, it should be the agency “Rogon” that is fighting against the new shackles. The company left a corresponding request unanswered by player agent Roger Wittmann. But this would not come as a surprise, after all, “Rogon” is in the middle of a legal dispute with the DFB, which still concerns the old brokerage regulations. This week the appeal is due before the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt / Main. Among other things, it is about whether player agents are allowed to collect commissions on transfers of teenagers under the age of 18 – there is currently a ban to protect minors.
“FIFA firmly believes that fundamental reform is imperative in this area and in the entire football transfer system. This is related to the fact that FIFA has identified a number of worrying trends in recent years. FIFA has one in particular observing a growing number of abusive practices, widespread conflicts of interest and a market that is more characterized by speculation than by solidarity and redistribution within the football pyramid, “justifies the world association, which criticizes the advisory associations EFAA (Europe) and DFVV (Germany) for inadequate consultation became, his approach.
There are always amazing alliances between agents and clubs or their employees. Many issues came to light, for example, through the Football Leaks. Recently, kicker had also revealed that Dietmar Hopp, the main shareholder of TSG Hoffenheim, is involved in a club in Brazil through a company structure that was built up by people and companies from the “Rogon” agency.
A number of industry giants such as Mino Raiola, Jonathan Barnett (ICM-Stellar) and Jorge Mendes joined forces in May 2019 in the Swiss association “The Football Forum”. A member of this illustrious lobby group confirmed to the kicker that the club was a kind of lowest common denominator against the FIFA reform. Wittmann is also a member of the forum’s board of directors.
The power of the intermediaries, the complaints of the agents: You can read more background information in the current print edition of kicker or in the e-magazine – for example, why the long-time managing director of the DFVV, Dr. Gregor Reiter warns against the formation of advisory cartels.