UEFA urges ban on 3rd-party player transfer rights
UEFA stepped up opposition to investors owning stakes in
players’ transfer rights on Thursday, warning it would take action
if FIFA failed to act.
UEFA’s executive committee said it would introduce rules
covering European club competitions ”should FIFA not take the
”Third-party ownership should be prohibited as a matter of
principle,” UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said. ”FIFA
will be requested to issue the relevant worldwide
Third-party ownership allows investors to buy a stake in a
player from his club, and cash in on future transfer fees.
Infantino said the ”integrity of competitions” was at
UEFA believes the practice distorts fairness as clubs sign
players they could not otherwise afford, and allows investors to
syphon money from the game.
The practice is banned in some countries, including France and
England, where it was outlawed after disputes followed West Ham’s
signings of Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier
Mascherano in 2006.
Third-party ownership is popular with Spanish and Portuguese
clubs to recruit South American players such as Colombia forward
Radamel Falcao, who was signed by FC Porto and is now with Atletico
FIFA has said it will submit a proposal within months to its
football committee, which is chaired by UEFA President Michel
Infantino said any prohibition would likely be phased in over
three or four years ”to enable clubs to cope.”
A new Champions League-style competition for under-19 teams has
been called the UEFA Youth League. UEFA said the trophy will be
named in honor of Platini’s predecessor Lennart Johansson of
UEFA plans to start a two-year trial next season for a
competition featuring youth teams from the 32 clubs which reach the
Champions League group phase.
The UEFA project is a response to the English-run, privately
owned NextGen Series for under-19 teams which launched in 2011. It
includes 24 clubs from 12 countries this season, including
Barcelona, Inter Milan and six English clubs.
UEFA chose the Kazakhstan capital city Astana to host its
congress of member nations in 2014, and Vienna the following year.
The 2013 UEFA Congress is scheduled for May 24 in London ahead of
the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium.