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As many of you will know by now I aim at becoming an official with Juve (in charge of international affairs :)), and I would like to hear your sentiments on this one:

Daily Soccer:
BRUSSELS, June 19 (Reuters)(DS) - The European Commission told
soccer's governing body FIFA on Monday to change current
transfer rules or have them banned under European competition
law.
With transfer fees already banned for out-of-contract
players under the 1995 Bosman ruling, the Commission is now
moving to end fees for in-contract players in the same way,
replacing them with some form of undefined "compensation".
"What we are basically doing is warning FIFA that unless
FIFA comes up with new proposals on the transfer rules the
Commission will have to take a negative decision on the existing
rules," spokeswoman Amelia Torres told the EU executive's daily
news conference.
"It would mean that the FIFA system would no longer be
legal. Nobody would be bound by those rules. It would be a
matter for the player and the club to solve."
FIFA was not immediately available for comment.
The Commission opened its probe into FIFA transfer rules in
1998 after receiving complaints from three clubs, players'
organisations in Belgium and a lobby group campaigning for
"sport and liberty".
FIFA had been expected to submit new proposals a few weeks
ago but has failed to do so. Torres said it would have to comply
quickly or the current system would be struck down by the end of
the year.

TWO MAIN OBJECTIONS
EU competition chief Mario Monti believes the FIFA
requirement for a club buying an in-contract player to pay an
arbitrary transfer fee breaks EU competition law.
"We also object to the rule under wich players cannot
unilaterally negotiate an end to their contracts," Torres said.
Current FIFA rules forbid players to break contracts and
leave negotiation of transfer fees, which for top players can
run into tens of millions of dollars, in the hands of clubs.
Torres said the Commission accepted clubs should receive
some "compensation" if a player left early but that the level
should be agreed by both parties and not supplemented by a fee
from the player's new club.
"This compensation should be in line, for example, with how
much the club has invested in training the player, should be
equitable, transparent and predictable. In Spain the cost of
breaking a contract is written into the contract," Torres said.
The Commission has been wrestling with FIFA and UEFA ever
since the Bosman ruling in the European Court of Justice, which
banned transfer fees for out-of-contract players and ended
restrictions on the number of overseas players allowed in EU
teams.
Separately, Torres said the Commission was optimistic it was
close to a solution to another legal dispute with FIFA over what
the EU says are restrictive practices on the licensing of
players' agents, particularly the requirement that people
wanting to become agents must pay a non-refundable bond of
200,000 Swiss francs ($123,400).
"FIFA has made proposals on players' agents and we think
we're heading towards a satisfactory conclusion," Torres said.
($1=1.621 Swiss Franc)




How should this be put to effect ? How CAN you put it into effect without utterly trashing the small teams economic foundation ? Any thoughts ?

NB: If any of you comes up with a fantastic solution I'll take all the credit and put it before both FIFA and EU- making loads and loads of bucks in the process :).

Ciao.


[Edited by Glen on 19-06-2000 at 17:52]
 
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