FIFA plans clampdown on dual representation
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FIFA plans clampdown on dual representation
by Jonathan Rest

FIFA is looking to shake up the football transfer market by ending dual representation for agents whose clients earn more than $200,000 a year.

An agent gets paid to look after a player, and if he does work for a club some of the payment is working for that. The most important thing is the player has to be 100% aware of it and that’s what we do.
Jonathan Barnett
Executive Chairman, ICM Stellar Sports

The news, first reported by the UK's Times newspaper, will prevent agents from representing both a club and a player in the same transfer deal, should the player earn over the stated amount per year.

 

Jonathan Barnett (pictured), Executive Chairman of ICM Stellar Sports, told the Times that legal action will be taken.

 

He said: “We will see them in the courts all around Europe. If they want to sit down and talk to us properly then we are happy to do that. They know nothing about what agents do and they are writing a set of rules without proper consultation. How can that be correct? Which other industry would let that happen.”

 

Barnett defended the concept of dual representation, adding: “It’s for separate work. An agent gets paid to look after a player, and if he does work for a club some of the payment is working for that. The most important thing is the player has to be 100% aware of it and that’s what we do. The player knows our commission and if they are happy with that we do the deals.”

 

Barnett has often been the agents' voice of opposition to FIFA reform proposals.

 

He is a key member, along with Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola, of the Association of Football Agents, which is planning legal action against FIFA, while the trio are also founding members of The Football Forum, which describes itself as an "international movement of football agents and players."

 

In addition to banning dual representation for players earning a certain amount, FIFA is also looking to install commission caps.

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