The head of football's international governing body expressed reservations about clubs hoarding young players – Chelsea are arguably the worst offenders in England in this regard – and that he proposes squad limits to restrict this practice.
"It is a transfer system which has been essentially developed back in 2000-2001," Infantino said.
"After 15 years it is time to seriously revise it and bring in maybe a little bit more transparency and a little bit more clarity in terms of the rules."
"The perception is that there is something strange happening with these transfers," Infantino said.
"Several billion US dollars are moved in a window, so it's important that it happens in a clean way."
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1 Posted 04/11/2016 at 09:37:12
It will be hard to implement though once the likes of Abramovich's lawyers get involved.
2 Posted 04/11/2016 at 10:05:11
3 Posted 04/11/2016 at 10:07:13
They should sort out their own problems and make public the causes before they accuse others of financial misdemeanours.
4 Posted 04/11/2016 at 10:09:03
5 Posted 04/11/2016 at 11:02:57
6 Posted 04/11/2016 at 12:00:22
The more money involved, the more greed we see, with some clubs even reducing away ticket allocations because they can no longer charge over £30.
Mostly rotten to the core is football, because the people who should matter the most continue being abused the most. Will it ever change?
7 Posted 04/11/2016 at 12:10:16
However, FIFA is supposed to set the rules and govern the clubs and from that perspective it is right and proper that they flex their muscles and try and get a grip of those clubs who don't believe in competition.
A self appointed group of 'super' clubs that have acted more like the Banks or big supermarket chains as they have tried to form a cartel that helps to restrict the trophies to them and them alone, and in their view only those clubs should be allowed to have the best talent, whether they utilise that talent or not.
Football is supposed to be a sport not a game of monopoly. That's not to say that money isn't important when trying to compete, but it shouldn't be used by some clubs to form a closed shop either.
As for the agents constantly demanding more and more and the 'strange' transfers that have happened in recent years, some we are more aware of than others, FIFA should do something to stem the flow of money going out of the game and into the bank accounts of greedy individuals or club owners.
I would advocate a central clearing house for all transfers, including agents fees, so that every penny is accounted for. Whether that is done by each national association or done globally is open to debate but something needs to be done to prevent the possiblity of money laundering, which may help to fund organised crime or even terrorism.
A restriction on the number of players in each squad can only help to spread the talent around and that in turn will help to make the games more competitive, which is what most fans want to see.
8 Posted 04/11/2016 at 18:57:51
There should also be rules forbidding transfers until two thirds of a contract is up. Some agents start shopping players around to other clubs the moment the ink is dry.
9 Posted 04/11/2016 at 19:14:17
10 Posted 04/11/2016 at 19:58:49
This from a governing body that has given the biggest tournament to a country that invades its neighbours, State sponsors drug cheating in sports, Allies itself in war with people that use chemical weapons and Sent military personnel in plain clothes to Euro 16 to carry out a show of force by beating and maiming innocent football fans.
Way to go, FIFA, you corrupt gang of shameless criminals, just keep having your little congress meetings with speeches from banned officials and amuse yourselves at football's expense.
11 Posted 04/11/2016 at 20:03:09
In my eyes, they have lost all credibility... the poppy thing really pissed me off.
12 Posted 04/11/2016 at 20:21:09