Players in dispute with their club should never be trapped by means like the Kafala System. Various organizations, such as Amnesty International, continue to raise concerns about the general conditions for migrant workers, particularly those related to hosting the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Human rights in football is a fundamental matter of principles and values. Clubs must not and cannot exert pressure on players to ever sign away such rights. Not under duress nor through forms of abusive practices.
Even today the fundamental right to organise players collectively is often not granted, not respected, and sometimes threatened or ignored. This is not only a massive infringement of human and workers’ rights but creates a structural deficiency in many domestic football markets. The absence of a player union makes collective solutions impossible, causes instabilities in the market and ultimately an obstacle for a sustainable development of the domestic football industry.
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