PtG Article 18.06.2010

EU Parliament seeks licensing for sport agents

In a drive to stop illegal practices involving football players' agents, the European Parliament adopted a resolution today (17 June) asking for the introduction of a European licensing system for agents.

"We want to reiterate that 30% of all football transfers are done by agents who do not have a licence. This opens the gateway to human trafficking, money laundering, fraud and corruption," said Belgian MEP Ivo Belet.

The resolution calls for the introduction of an EU initiative to control the activities of players' agents. The Parliament also called for players' agents not to be allowed to receive mediators' fees for football transfers involving minors.

Efficient controls and enforcement of sanctions should ensure that all players' agents stick to the rules, it stressed.

Source: EurActiv