IN­DEPTH: Nurs­ery com­pen­sa­tion fees to be re­moved within one or two years – MFA gen­eral sec­re­tary

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Com­pen­sa­tion fees de­manded by foot­ball nurs­eries when chil­dren move in be­tween clubs will be elim­i­nated within one or two years, out­go­ing Malta Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Bjorn Vas­sallo said.

In­ter­viewed by Stephen Calleja on IN­DEPTH, The Malta Independent’s on­line pro­gramme, Mr Vas­sallo said that in the mean­time cer­tain mea­sures have been im­ple­mented to stop abuse.

Ear­lier this month, The Malta Independent re­ported that the Malta Foot­ball Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has launched an on­line pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing an end to com­pen­sa­tion fees for chil­dren who move from one foot­ball club to an­other.

Speak­ing to The Malta Independent, as­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary Carlo Mamo and deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary Kon­rad Sul­tana both called for the abo­li­tion of the nurs­ery com­pen­sa­tion fee, which they de­scribed as an ex­ploita­tive mea­sure us­ing chil­dren who play the sport as fi­nan­cial com­modi­ties in­stead of hu­man be­ings.

Mr Vas­sallo, who will be leav­ing the MFA at the end of this month to join the team be­ing built by new FIFA pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino, also said that he is not happy with the way the ju­di­cial sys­tem is deal­ing with cases of cor­rup­tion in sport.

He said that a task force which in­cludes the Malta Gam­ing Author­ity, the po­lice, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and Sport Malta has been work­ing on a new law that tack­les cor­rup­tion in sport in a holis­tic man­ner. This leg­is­la­tion is ex­pected to be tabled in Par­lia­ment shortly.

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