Third-party ownership (TPO)

Third-party ownership (TPO)

The Spanish and Portuguese Leagues denounce FIFA’s TPO ban to the European Commission

Please find below the joint press release:

The Spanish and Portuguese Leagues denounce FIFA’s TPO ban to the European Commission

The complaint alleging the infringement of European Union competition rules could see FIFA incur a seven-figure penalty and result in clubs, players and third party owners being compensated.

FIFA circulars no. 1464 (TPO) and 1468

Two circulars were recently published by FIFA.

Circular no. 1464 was released on 22 December 2014. It is related to Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, and deals specifically with third-party ownership of players’ economic rights (“TPO”).

FIFA says stop to third-party ownership of players' economic rights (TPO)

Chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee completed, on the 26 September 2014, a two-day meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

In order to protect the integrity of the game and the players, the Executive Committee took the decision of general principle that third-party ownership of players’ economic rights (TPO) shall be banned with a transitional period (3-4 years).

The matter is now back in the hands of the TPO working group, under the chairmanship of Geoff Thompson, for the relevant technical regulations to be drafted.

Platini on the topic of TPO: “some players are no longer in control of their own sporting careers”

In his address to the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress which took place on Thursday 27 March 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan, UEFA President Michel Platini was unequivocal on the topic of third-party ownership (TPO) of players. He said that this is "a problem which particularly worries [him]. I have been constantly warning for years that this practice – which is becoming increasingly widespread – is a danger to our sport.

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