Players warned of moves to Cyprus, Greece, Turkey

The international footballers’ union FIFPro is advising players

not to sign for most clubs in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey because of

unpaid wages and bonuses.

FIFPro says it cautions players ”about the bad behavior of

clubs” in those countries which have not qualified for UEFA

competitions. Clubs entering the Champions League and Europa League

face UEFA sanctions for unpaid wages.

The warning was issued Wednesday as the summer transfer window

approaches its hectic final days.

FIFPro says the Netherlands players’ union estimates that at

least half of its members moving to Cyprus, Greece or Turkey will

have ”serious problems” with non-payment.

FIFPro says some clubs promise ”fabulous wages, a luxurious

home, ambitious plans, a bonus for signing a contract, a bonus

scheme or a percentage of a future transfer payment.”