Court over­turns Fifa rec­om­men­da­tion of 3% cap on agents’ pay, but from play­ers union says they should be paid for value

Simba Marumo

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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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