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Established experts in sports law at international level gathered for the FIFPro America International Juridical Congress, which was held in the Green Salon of the Park Plaza hotel, in the Providencia district of Santiago on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 November in the presence of many persons associated with the footballing world.

FIFPro is the union of the world's professional footballers, and the president of its Division America, the Brazilian Rinaldo Martorelli, stressed the value of this initiative, which was taking place in Chile for the second time. "We invited top-level guests to this event, which is highly relevant when considering these topics, because the more knowledge we have, the better will be the quality of our defence of our members", he said.

Among the speakers was Omar Ongaro, head of the FIFA Players' Status Committee, Stefano Sartori, lawyer for the Italian Footballers' Association (AIC), João Nogueira, judge at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and Juan de Dios Crespo, a prominent professional in these matters with a successful career of three decades.

The latter commented that events like this one should be replicated throughout the continent. "They are always held in Europe, seminars are held at the CAS, in the Spanish Federation, in London, everywhere but here, and I think it's essential for those over there to be aware of what is happening everywhere in the world. We have taken one step forward, it was a successful move to think of it, and we are already at the second edition", said Crespo, from Spain.


Those attending were also able to learn more about the Latin American experience of law and football from expositions delivered by the representatives of various unions: Martorelli (Fenapaf, Brazil), Carlos González Puche (Acolfutpro, Colombia), Jorge Morales (Sifup, Chile) and Luis Sánchez (Asojupro, Costa Rica). In addition, there were presentations by Óscar Fuentes (ANFP, Chile), Rodrigo Robles (club O'Higgins, Chile) and the journalist Juan Pablo Meneses, who recounted the experience of preparing his book on child football players.

The audience included persons responsible for legal questions for the various American unions, legal advisers to clubs and to the Football Federation of Chile, as well as the prominent Swiss lawyer Melanie Schärer and Carlos Vallejo, a delegate from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Labour Relations.