Head of Sport and Partner Simon Leaf spoke to City AM following news emerged that the implementation of FIFA’s new agent regulations in England is being delayed by the Football Association (FA).
The postponement comes after arbitration proceedings were opened by four agencies to challenge the regulations. The decision from the tribunal, expected by the end of November, will determine the length of the delay.
Simon commented: “Today’s announcement to delay the introduction of the new National Football Agent Regulations comes as a genuine surprise – especially given that even earlier this morning the FA’s website had indicated that the arbitral tribunal appointed would deliver its verdict by 30 September.
“In short, it’s a bit of a shambles and further embarrassment to both the FA and FIFA that its landmark regulations, first announced almost a year ago, will not now be implemented in arguably the most important market for agents, as well as in Germany, in accordance with the advertised timelines.”
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