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FIFPro calls for boycott of Serbian clubs over mounting contract disputes

Paris: The international players union FIFPro on Wednesday called for a boycott of Serbian clubs during the European transfer window because of mounting contract disputes.

File photo of FIFPro president. Reuters

File photo of FIFPro general secretary Theo Van Seggelen. Reuters

The union highlighted its recent report which found that 68% of players in the country do not receive their salary on time and 89% who were traded for a fee were pressured into the transfer.

FIFPro said that in the latest battle between players and clubs, the Serbian Football Association had dismissed players representatives from an arbitration panel.

The Serbian FA has also increased the fees players must pay to start a procedure against clubs, according to the international union.

"This is a flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of the professional football players in Serbia who are now effectively playing in a lawless environment,” FIFPro general secretary Theo van Seggelen said.

Van Seggelen said the Serbian FA should reverse the moves and added: "Until this situation is resolved we strongly advise players not to go and play football in Serbia."

Serbia's transfer window is open from 23 January until 17 February.

FIFpro said the Serbian players union, Nezavisnost, has overseen "an incredible" 250 cases of players going to arbitration in the last two years in a league with around 500 players.

"When you sign a contract with a club in Serbia you have a 50% chance of ending up in court,” Mirko Poledica, the union’s president, was quoted as saying by FIFPro.

“It is therefore absolutely fundamental that the chamber is an independent and impartial arbitration body."

Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 17:36 PM

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