Court overturns Fifa recommendation of 3% cap on agents’ pay, but from players union says they should be paid for value
The SA Football Players Union (Safpu) believes some intermediaries (formerly player agents) do not deserve the amount they are charging players. This comes in the wake of the SA Football Intermediaries Association (Safia) successfully interdicting Safa from implementing Fifa’s recommendation of a 3% cap to be paid to intermediaries – which came into effect on April 1.
Last week, South Gauteng High Court Judge Brian Mashile suspended Safa’s new regulation pending the outcome of a review application at a later date.
The decision means that the activities of the intermediaries will continue to be regulated by the 2008 Safa Players Agent’s Regulations until such time as the dispute has been dealt with.
Players will now pay the original 10%, but Safpu president Hareaipha “Simba” Marumo said not all intermediaries deserved the commission.
He said they would address the matter at the Players Status Committee, which comprises the PSL, Safa, intermediaries and the union.
Marumo said players should be empowered to choose who they wanted as representatives, and should not be prejudiced.
He said they welcomed the decision to cut the agents’ fees to 3%, as it would be beneficial to the players.
“We will always welcome any move that will generate more income for our members. They are the ones who generate this money but it is accrued by somebody else, which is not fair,” he said.
“We are in support of what they do for our members and the development of football in general without nullifying their roles.
“As much as they add value to our members, some of them are unscrupulous. They need to be renumerated according to the role they play. There are very good agents who deserve the 10%, but others don’t deserve even a single percent. They rob our players of their wellbeing,” said Marumo.
Safia media and external relations officer Karabo Mathang said they were happy they had won the first round.
The P Management boss said the interdict meant they were still being paid 10% under the old regulation but the matter was going to be taken to the review court.
Mathang said, however, they were prepared to sit down with Safa, the PSL and the players’ union to iron out their differences and find a lasting solution. There are a few other issues we have raised, not only the 3% matter,” she said.
“We are not happy with the post-transaction registration as it means anyone can do transactions with clubs and there is no safety net. What we are saying is that we need a preregistration online, so we know who makes the deals. The industry must be regulated and people should have insurance cover – like we used to have to cover for any wrongdoing.”
She said if Safa wanted to be better, it needed to regulate the industry.
“Anybody can broker a deal and frustrate the situation. But it is better if you know who the role players are. This is to protect the players’ interests as well.”
However, Tim Sukazi of QT Sports said the new regulation would help to clean up the game. He said there were too many shenanigans happening in football.
“This is a dirty business. There are too many things happening underground. Through these regulations, many of these things would be avoided because all the transactions would be transparent,” Sukazi said.
But a challenge would arise when people without the necessary know-how wanted to represent, for example, their children, he said.
“You must understand that some club bosses are very shrewd and will take advantage of any situation that suits them. My take is that parents must not get involved in something they know nothing about and must always allow those who know the rules to help them.”
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