2.2.2 Fair Trial

Fair Trial and Due Process

All players have the right to a fair trial - to be carried out lawfully and without discrimination

When any player is involved in any kind of legal conflict they have the right to a fair trial, in which they should be treated fairly and properly – just like any other citizen. This fundamental human rights includes an initial presumption of innocence and is often connected to due process. The two main principles of the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights) are the presumption of innocence and the principle of legal certainty.

What you should know

Not all disputes can be settled within the football industry

Some cases rely on the ordinary justice system and public courts

FIFPRO protects players’ rights both internally and externally

They also ensure that they are granted the same rights as any other citizen during legal proceedings

Sporting organisations don’t always acknowledge these rights

It is FIFPRO’s duty and priority to enforce them when necessary, protecting players both domestically and internationally.

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