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Players in Peru will have a say in football administration for the first time after proposals by their union were included in a new sports law.

The legislation means players will have 33 per cent of voting rights in all football matters, including the election of the next federation president.

Peruvian clubs and the federation will also each have 33 per cent of voting rights.

The allocation of voting rights was recommended by FIFA in 2009, according to the union, SAFAP.

While it took seven years for the sports law to be drafted, lawmakers approved the proposals 65-0 with two abstentions.

“The margin for federation officials to argue was very small because our arguments were so strong,” Juan Baldovino, SAFAP’s lawyer (pictured), said. “The magic word was democracy.”

The new sports law also makes it illegal for teams to reform as a new entity if the previous one had debts. In 2013, Sport Ancash was dissolved with a $250,000 debt only to be reformed as a new team called Sport Ancash FC.

SAFAP now aims to push to stop clubs qualifying for the first professional division via the Peruvian cup. The rule means that teams with unstable finances can be in the top flight on the basis of a knock-out competition.

The Peruvian players' union wants clubs only to be promoted to the first division from the second tier championship.


Photo (above): The historic moment when new legislation is passed giving Peruvian players a third of voting rights on all football related matters.