FIFPro, the international footballers’ union, has insisted that not enough is being done to tackle the non-payment of players’ wages around the world.
The union spoke out after a two-day meeting of a working group called ‘Expert’, which is looking at proposals regarding the possible reform of the transfer system. Expert will meet again in December when the group will finalise recommendations to be presented to world governing body FIFA. FIFPro recently warned players to think twice before joining clubs in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.
“The experts consider the non-payment of players the most pressing matter,” FIFPro said. “It is an extremely stubborn problem and, in the opinion of the Expert group, the football world does little to address this urgent matter. The members of the Expert group welcomed the fact that FIFA has recently increased the capacity of its own arbitration committee (the Dispute Resolution Chamber).”
FIFPro added: “Nevertheless, the speed with which the disputes are handled is still unacceptably low. Too many players must still wait an irresponsibly long time for what is rightfully theirs: their salary.”