Agents’ chief sets battlelines ahead of FIFA reforms

17 February 2021

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Photo: PA Images Welsh star Gareth Bale, currently on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, is one of the clients of Jonathan Barnett.

Stellar boss Jonathan Barnett warns FIFA will face multinational court action over “anti-trust and completely” agent reforms.

Barnett claims FIFA has omitted agents’ voices from wideranging reform of the transfer system.

Gianni Infantino has pledged to stamp down on half billion agent industry, with FIFA’s Stakeholders Committee next month rubber expected to adopt reforms.

FIFA: “Consultation doesn’t always mean you get your own way.”

James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

One of the world’s leading football agents has laid down the battle lines with FIFA over its forthcoming reforms of rules governing the transfer system, warning that if it doesn’t return to the negotiating table with player agents “We're going to be in court in about 30 different countries.”

Jonathan Barnett, head of ICM Stellar Sport, the world’s largest football agency and a vice President of The Football Forum, an agents’ representative body, says that reforms FIFA is set to vote on next month are “anti-trust and also completely illegal.”

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