PFA praises FIFA transfer bank but calls for other measures: “Agents become more powerful by the day”

4 June 2019

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Photo: Getty Images FIFA’s proposed banking system has been met with praises by the Professional Football Association’s deputy chief executive, Bobby Barnes.

FIFA’s proposed banking system has been met with praises by the Professional Football Association’s deputy chief executive, Bobby Barnes.

But the idea of a transfer bank, where FIFA can verify all transfers and confirm the destinations, does not solve the problem of excessively high agent fees. 

Barnes spoke to offthepitch.com and said: “We have seen agent fees growing faster than player wages and that can’t be right.”

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Agent fees in transfers are too high and need to be brought down.

This is the opinion of PFA’s deputy chief executive, Bobby Barnes, who calls for measures to change the system. FIFA announced in April that it was looking to start a “Bank of FIFA” to verify all transfers and confirm their origin and destination. 

And yesterday in Paris, FIFA’s ruling council backed initial reforms of the transfer market that may bring its ultimate control under world football’s governing body.

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