Football Contracts and EC Oct00
KEEP BRUSSELS OUT OF FOOTBALL CONTRACTS
Players are usually advised by their lawyers when they enter into
any formal contract of employment with a club they wish to play for. Both
the player and the club are fully conversant with the terms of contract
and there is no question of exploitation through ill practice during the
course of such employment. Such contracts are fully recognised as valid
within the legal framework of Member States of the EU.
Therefore, it is unacceptable that the European Commission
should even attempt to interfere with such practice. I do not
support the European Commission in this respect and will do my best to
oppose such proposal for EU legislation.
In the event that such a contract is terminated by mutual
agreement then it is upto the parties affected to enter into any new
arrangement leading to a new contract, including transfer of a player from
one club to another. Such practice has been accepted as legal in all EU
It is unacceptable that the European Commission wishes to
interfere in this respect.
I shall oppose any move by the European Commission to change
existing practice that is legal and has the overwhelming support of
players and clubs.