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Two more appalling examples of players rights being abused have come to light in Hungary, which add fuel to FIFPro's bid to reform football's fundamentally flawed transfer system.

This Friday night, PMFC-Matias and Újpest FC will meet in the Hungarian Premier League. Recently both teams excelled off the pitch in their mistreatment of players. Two new examples of the many injustices professional footballers face due a transfer system which shackles players to their clubs.

Újpest FC is a household name in Hungary, second oldest team of the country and a twenty-time champion. In the summer of 2012, the club signed Zoltán Szélesi (pictured right), an experienced defender and player of the Hungarian national team. He returned to his native country after playing abroad, to be the experienced guide in a young team. Then at the beginning of the current season, Szélesi was removed from the squad and forced to train alone. The club owner – Robert Duchâtelet - decided that Szélesi’s salary was too high – the same owner who had signed the player one year before.

After eight months of training alone, Szélesi agreed to have his salary reduced by 50 percent. Last week he made his first appearance in a cup match, as a substitute. This Saturday, Szélesi wanted to enter the stadium for the match against Ferençvaros, but he was denied access. He was informed on the spot that he did not have a contract with the club any more.

What had happened? In March, Ujpest was on the verge of bankruptcy and relegation reportedly due to multi-million euro claims. The club owner transferred Ujpest first-league license from the indebted company to a ‘new company’. The ‘old club’ terminated all the players contracts and the ‘new club’ signed them again, with the exception of a few players, including Szélesi.  

The Hungarian professional footballers association HLSZ has send a complaint to the Hungarian FA (MLSZ), which has not reacted yet.

Another shocking situation has occurred at PMFC-Matias. This week, the club excluded Krisztián Koller (pictured left) from their squad. The player – currently recovering from an injury - was denied access to the club’s dressing room.

Koller is the club’s topscorer with twelve goals this season. “He is the team’s best player”, says Gábor Horváth, secretary general of players union HLSZ.

The reason for his exile is that Koller is refusing to sign a new contract with PMFC. His current contract expires this summer. Koller does not want to extend his contract due to the club’s uncertain future, as the owner has announced that he wants to sell his share in the club.

Koller and Szélesi are two of many victims among professional footballers, as numerous clubs are caught up in the insanity of abusing the rights of players worldwide.

FIFPro has launched a legal challenge which can directly link many of these injustices directly to a crippled transfer system.

Players such as Koller are not allowed to leave the club at the end of their contract: the clubs force these players to sign a new contract - aiming for a future transfer sum. They threaten the footballer that he will not play anymore unless he signs.

Szélesi is one of many victims of a club’s poor governance. His case shows the inconstant, fickle behavior of club owners, who sign a player one day, and try to get rid of him the next.