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FIFPro and the Colombian Association of Professional Footballers, ACOLFUTPRO, demand the immediate return of Edison Fonseca’s passport to him by the Iranian football club Mes Rafsanjan FC. The club wrongfully withholds the Colombian footballers’ passport. 

 

Fonseca signed with the Iranian club Mes Rafsanjan FC in September 2010. On Saturday January 8, 2011, he handed in his contract after some disputes and the non-fulfillment of contractual obligations.

 

Earlier, by the end of December, Fonseca had asked ACOLFUTPRO for assistance in an attempt to recover his passport after it had been taken by the club. Fonseca wanted to return to his home country Colombia together with his wife and daughter.

 

Meanwhile ACOLFUTPRO informed FIFPro, FIFA and the Colombian FA of Fonseca’s situation. FIFA is already investigating the situation. Moreover Carlos González Puche, Executive Director of ACOLFUTPRO, wrote a letter to Ali Kaffashian, the President of the Iranian FA. 

 

FIFPro and ACOLFUTPRO, as well as the other parties, believe that Fonseca must be given the opportunity to immediately leave Iran and return to Colombia. The Mes Rafsanjan FC management must return Edison Fonseca’s passport to him. They violate his fundamental rights that have been laid down in Art. 13.1 and 13.2. of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

'The club managers behave in an unacceptable manner, irrespective of the cause of the labor conflict', writes Carlos González Puche. 'The contract has been terminated on 8 January 2011. For this reason I kindly request you to immediately intervene and ensure that Edison Fonseca will get back his passport.'

 

Edison Fonseca is a 26-year old forward who, between 2003 and 2006, played for the Colombian national U-20 team.