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The Russian professional footballers’ association PSFT expects that the practice of training alone will finally disappear from Russian football, after the Russian FA Executive Committee adopted new Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

In the new regulations very important amendments regarding the protection of player’s rights in Russia were adopted. In particular, the PSFT welcomes the inclusion of the amendments that prohibit ‘discrimination during the training period by way of unfounded (not based on medical necessity) long training sessions “without a ball” or aside of the club’s first squad training sessions, as well as an unfounded longstanding absence of training sessions’.

This is a big step forward, say PSFT Secretary General Nikolai Grammatikov (photo) and PSFT executive director Vladimir Leonchenko. ‘During the last years there were a number of cases in which players were forced to train individually and even without a ball, for example Igor Strelkov at premier league club Krylia Sovetov. The Russian players union and Strelkov successfully brought his case to the CAS in Lausanne.‘ 

In the new regulations the mentioned violations are recognized as a substantial infringement of the labour agreement by the Football Club and equated to other substantial infringements like non-payments of the salaries or non-inclusion of the professional football player in the official team list for the current season.

After signing of the Autonomous agreement on the Minimum Requirements for Standard Player Contracts in 2012 and the kickoff meeting at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon in January 2013, the Russian FA - for the first time in its history - organized a working group which included representatives of players union PSFT (a FIFPro member). The objective of the working group was to create amendments to the current Russian regulations.