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Football in Colombia is going to change. Carlos González Puche, chairman of Acolfutpro, the trade union for professional footballers, is convinced this will happen now that the Colombian government has introduced a new sport law.


‘We are the victors in the struggle with the clubs and their corruption’, says a a highly elated González Puche, after the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, ratified the new law on Friday May 12.


The sport law makes all sorts of financial demands on the clubs. The clubs must, among other things, become private limited companies. In addition, there will be a strict monitoring of investors, investments and expenditure. Clubs must submit their budgets annually to the government, so that it can assess whether all salaries and social security can be paid in the coming year.


The government has the possibility of punishing the club if it does not meet the demands concerning the payment of the footballers’ salaries and social security. If a club is in default for longer than 60 days, it can temporarily lose its professional licence, which would make participation in the competition impossible. If a club neglects to pay the salaries and social security for an even longer period, the government can even disband the club.


‘We are extremely satisfied with this law’, says González Puche. ‘We are proud that we have succeeded in having rules included in this law to which the clubs must adhere.


‘What I predicted during the general assembly of FIFPro Division Americas in Lima has now become true. This is going to change the whole of football. This is the product of 7 years of hard work and dedication by the union, something that is extremely dangerous here in Colombia.’


On Wednesday 25 May, the law will be officially launched by President Santos. Board members Rinaldo Martorelli (also president FIFPro Division Americas) and Fernando Revilla will represent FIFPro on this occasion.


Clubs in Colombia have not taken their financial obligations particularly seriously for years. A large number of players often have to wait months for their salary - and sometimes it is not paid at all.