Football union warns high-risk countries over wage defaults

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Soccer players have been warned by their union against joining clubs in China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey among countries with “systematic and widespread contract violations.”

FIFPRO, the global group of players’ unions, said on Tuesday that its national members should be consulted on potential transfers and free agent signings.

In the first full week of off-season trading in most of Europe, Turkey and Romania have been singled out for long-standing issues at…

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Soccer players have been warned by their union against joining clubs in China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey among countries with “systematic and widespread contract violations.”

FIFPRO, the global group of players’ unions, said on Tuesday that its national members should be consulted on potential transfers and free agent signings.

In the first full week of off-season deals across most of Europe, Turkey and Romania have been singled out for long-standing issues at several clubs, including wage defaults.

The Dutch-based union says players have ‘little or no chance’ of getting their contract money when Romanian clubs go bankrupt, and second-tier Greek clubs ‘close frequently without meeting their debts’ .

“Non-payment of wages is also a recurring problem for players in Algeria, China and Saudi Arabia,” FIFPRO added.

FIFA has partnered with FIFPRO to offer players relief with $4 million set aside this year to help players who have not been paid.

The world football body is also trying to speed up the legal process for players pursuing legal action in Zurich against their former clubs. Cases are often brought before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and can take several months or years to resolve.

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