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FIFPro has reported the Football Association of Serbia to FIFA for violating principles of good governance and integrity.

The world player association has filed the complaint after Serbian F.A. flouted independent arbitration regulations in the case of a former Under-18 national team player, Vladimir Simunovic.

It is the first time FIFPro referred a European football association to FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

“We must take this extraordinary step to protect our players in Serbia against serious violations of this kind, which violate national and international regulations,” Theo van Seggelen, FIFPro’s secretary general, said.

An arbitrator initially ruled Simunovic, 25, could terminate his contract with first-division club Radnicki Nis due to unpaid social security contributions.

However, even though the decision was final and binding under its own rules, three new arbitrators were appointed who first annulled the decision and then passed a new decision rejecting the player’s request for termination of his contract.

The F.A. also dismissed the first arbitrator from its list of arbitrators, without explanation, replacing him with an arbitrator who works for Radnicki Nis.

FIFPro’s complaint follows previous warnings about the unfair treatment of players in Serbia.

In 2017, it emerged that as many as 50% of footballers in Serbia were taking their clubs to arbitration each season.

FIFPro advised professional footballers against signing contracts with clubs in Serbia because of the poor working conditions in the country.