Variation in Player Contracts is Huge

Variation in Player Contracts is Huge

Third party ownership remains a problem in football but on an unseen level, warned legal experts in football, who also cautioned that player contracts vary too much and still do not offer sufficient protection. 
 
In spite of FIFA’s regulations on the transfer of football players, third party ownership (TPO) still goes on, but on the black market and in different forms, said Daniel Cravo, senior partner at lawyers Cravo, Pastl & Balbuena, speaking on a panel at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester. “The ban on TPO is not really working. When someone injects money into a transfer, then there is TPO,” Cravo said.
 
While TPO remains a problem, player contracts also continue to include ‘irrational’ clauses and vary too much from country to country, even within the European Union. Speaking on a panel with Cravo titled “Player contracts – what protection do they offer”, Ian Lynam, joint head of sport at lawyers Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, cited a continued use of goal bonuses as the ‘least rational’ clause included in player contracts. “In the [English] Premier League, there are two clubs that still pay substantial goal bonuses. At one in particular, a player can earn half their weekly salary with a good goal bonus,” said Lynam, who argued that goal bonuses only reward scoring rather than other areas such as defending and keeping clean sheets.
 
Lynam was also critical of the protection offered to players who suffered a career-ending injury. “In the Netherlands, if you sign a contract for four years and then suffer a career ending injury you get all four years of your contract paid,” said Lynam. “In France, you only get paid 42 days. If you look at someone like Neymar [who has just signed for Paris Saint-Germain for £198 million] it makes a huge difference.”
 
source: playthegame.org
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