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Fifa transfer rules may breach EU regulations, says adviser

Written by on April 30, 2024

Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth midfielder Diarra claims a move to Belgian club Charleroi collapsed because they were worried about having to pay compensation to Lokomotiv under Fifa’s rules.

Diarra said football’s world governing body’s rules that a new club would be held jointly liable with him for paying compensation to Lokomotiv hampered his efforts to find another team.

He later sued Fifa and the Royal Belgian Football Association in a Belgian court for damages and six million euros (£5.1m).

The Belgian court asked the CJEU for guidance and Szpunar, plus Diarra’s lawyers, have recommend the judges side with the player when the CJEU makes its ruling in the coming months.

“This will put an end to the degrading practice of commoditising players,” lawyers Jean-Louis Dupont and Martin Hissel said in a joint statement.

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