In a latest twist and turn of events, starting from next month, football players will now be able to terminate their contracts if their clubs fail to give them salaries for two consecutive months, a development that will see most local football clubs languishing in quandary.
By Sportbrief Reporter
In a circular to all national associations, Fifa secretary-general Fatma Samoura said the new regulations were approved by a Fifa Council meeting held in Bogota, Colombia, in March.
“We are pleased to inform you of some important amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (hereinafter: “the Regulations”), which were approved by the Fifa Council at its meeting in Bogota, Colombia, on 16 March 2018. All of the relevant changes and additions will come into force on June 1, 2018,” Samoura wrote.
The new status quo is contained under Article 14b of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, terminating a contract with just cause for outstanding salaries. “In the case of a club unlawfully failing to pay a player at least two monthly salaries on their due dates, the player will be deemed to have a just cause to terminate his contract, provided that he has put the debtor club in default in writing and has granted a deadline of at least 15 days for the debtor club to fully comply with its financial obligation(s).
Alternative provisions in contracts existing at the time of this provision coming into force may be considered,” reads the amended article. “For any salaries of a player which are not due on a monthly basis, the pro-rata value corresponding to two months shall be considered.
Delayed payment of an amount which is equal to at least two months shall also be deemed a just cause for the player to terminate his contract, subject to him complying with the notice of termination as per paragraph 1 above.
“Collective bargaining agreements validly negotiated by employers’ and employees’ representatives at domestic level in accordance with national law may deviate from the principles stipulated in paragraphs 1 and 2 above. The terms of such an agreement shall prevail.”
The latest development will see financially unstable local clubs losing players and their counterparts collecting all the stray gems available. This might be a very welcome development to the players as they had to go the legal route, in most cases, to recover their dues.