Infantino and Ceferin call for soccer transfer reform
SHOWS: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (SEPTEMBER 20, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA PRESIDENT, GIANNI INFANTINO SAYING: "It is the responsibility to all of us to tackle the transfer system for the future, going forward, to see what we have to do. We have been witnessing in the last summer transfer window a significant increase in the transfer fees; this is one example, as far as international transfers are concerned from 3.6 billion to 4.6 billion, 1 billion more in one year." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UEFA PRESIDENT, ALEKSANDER CEFERIN SAYING: "To all the European politicians, let me say that we cannot agree more but I cannot say that you have done much to help us to set things straight so far. We can of course start taking action, through the social dialogue established to the E.U., but if European and national legislations were to allow it, we could envisage with more guarantees and greater certitudes a whole arsenal of concrete measure to make the game fairer and better regulated and improve its ethic and solidarity." STORY: FIFA president, Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday (September 20) that football institutions have the responsibility to "tackle" the transfer system as UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, called on European leaders to help on the implementation of measures which could reduce the gap between rich and poor clubs on the continent. The 1 billion increases on transfers fees is "something that has to worry us", Infantino told a UEFA Congress in Geneva. The transfer market moves billions of dollars every year although it is often unclear how this is split between clubs, players, and the agents who negotiate on their behalf. FIFA is responsible for regulating transfers between clubs in different countries under rules based on a 2001 agreement with the European Commission. During his speech, Ceferin reiterated that restoring so-called competitive balance between clubs was the priority of the European soccer body, but added that UEFA needed help from European politicians. Ceferin said he "could not agree more" with European politicians that greater sporting balance was needed in football, however he did not specifically mention which pieces of legislation were a hindrance.