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FIFPro has noticed the ongoing discussions in England concerning a breakaway union of black professional footballers. FIFPro strongly advises the players concerned to remain united with the PFA, as nobody will profit from such breakaway.

 

For almost fifty years, FIFPro is defending the rights of all professional footballers worldwide. ‘That means all players’, says secretary general Theo van Seggelen.

 

‘We have laid it down in one of our principles, and according to me it is the most important principle of all: FIFPro makes no distinction on the basis of nationality, religion, political convictions, race or gender. FIFPro is against all forms of racism and violence and will oppose these at all times. FIFPro pursues equal rights and obligations for all players all over the world.’

 

‘Currently FIFPro consists of 49 member unions and 6 candidate member unions from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia-Oceania and America. Within FIFPro all unions are united. Everyone can bring their problems and opinions to the table. Although opinions may differ, we try to solve all problems jointly, including anti-racism.’

 

‘I understand that due to what happened in the past twelve months in England, divisions have arisen’, Van Seggelen continues. ‘But I cannot understand the talk of a new union solely for colored professional footballers. Do we need two separate unions to tackle a problem like racism? A separation will only pit the two sides against each other: us and them.’

 

‘I thought that anti-racism was all about unity.’

 

‘FIFPro strongly supports the PFA, because of what it stands for. Because of its actions in the past 105 years. Because of its guiding role in the world of professional footballers’ associations, amongst others in fighting racism and discrimination.’

 

‘In the fight against racism and discrimination, there is only one way to successful results, and that is through solidarity and unity. If we do not remain united, we will take three giant steps backwards… ‘

 

 

 

 

FIFPro acts in accordance with the following principles:

 

  • FIFPro is the leading worldwide representative organisation for all professional players (players’ associations).
  • FIFPro is a democratic, player-driven organisation. Equality and solidarity are key concepts.
  • All affiliated associations actively promote the collective and individual interests of the players.
  • Players who are members of an association affiliated to the FIFPro are by extension also guaranteed of the support of other players’ associations in other countries.

 

  • All players are entitled to independent and fair arbitration in national and international disputes. In cases of arbitration, 50% of the arbitrators should be chosen by the players.
  • FIFPro pursues equal rights and obligations for all players all over the world.
  • FIFPro takes an exceptionally critical attitude to any form of transfer system for professional players.
  • FIFPro advocates a correct balance between labour legislation and the specific characteristics of football as a sport. This balance can only be established in an international collective bargaining agreement.
  
  • FIFPro is committed to the achievement of a standard international player contract and an international match calendar.
  • FIFPro works for the worldwide formation of players’ associations, which operate independently of clubs, agents and national associations.
  • Because the FIFA has recognized the FIFPro as the sole representative of the players, all players’ associations affiliated to the FIFPro should also be recognized by national and international football associations as independent players' associations.
  • FIFPro makes no distinction on the basis of nationality, religion, political convictions, race or gender. FIFPro is against all forms of racism and violence and will oppose these at all times.

 

  • FIFPro opposes all forms of exploitation and taking advantages of players by third parties. FIFPro advocates transparency and monitoring of all moves.
  • The doping problem requires further consultation. Testing procedures must be reliable and uniform. In case of sanctions, consideration should be taken of personal circumstances and decisions should be taken on the basis of an individual case management. Sanctions should not be disproportionate.
  • FIFPro respects and protects both the individual and collective image rights of players.
  • FIFPro protects the legal position of players in relation to the presentation of football matches via radio, television and other media.