Generous support to avoid foreign issues..and club administrations lead us to the dilemma. Cases before FIFA are again sounding the alarm. Specialists: Beware..Our league will become a “high risk” area.

June 9, 2022 by No Comments


The past few days revealed a number of cases related to Saudi clubs before the judicial committees of the International Football Association, which opens the discussion once again to the reasons for the emergence of these cases, despite the state’s initiatives to curb this phenomenon that costs Saudi football a lot of its reputation. at the international level. FIFA’s threats to a number of Saudi clubs also sparked a new wave of controversy regarding breaching contracts with foreign players and coaches by not paying their dues. FIFA recently did justice to a number of foreign players and coaches in their disputes against Saudi clubs, which sparked criticism of the clubs’ policies and accusations of their officials of ignorance of regulations, which made them subject to financial and sports sanctions. Delaying it, because the situation will evolve and make it vulnerable to strict decisions that affect its sports career in local and foreign competitions, and may threaten it by excluding it or depriving it of championships and advanced positions in the local league, and the FIFA threatens some Saudi clubs with penalties for deprivation of registration, deduction of points and relegation. , due to non-obligation to pay the financial rights in a certain period. Despite the great financial support provided by the Ministry of Sports as part of its strategy to reduce these issues, the policy of sports clubs, regardless of their management, has not changed. There are still ongoing issues on the clubs, and every registration period for some clubs appears cases from a former player or coach who has arrears in salaries and contracts. Surprisingly, some clubs ignore the international decisions issued against them, which exacerbates matters to an unimaginable degree, and the International Football Association deals with financial issues strictly, because it looks at the interest of the player or coach and will not tolerate any issue with the clubs. Al-Madina, for its part, took the initiative to host a number of legal and administrative officials to find out the causes and repercussions. Complacency in contracts and penalties At first, lawyer and legal advisor Khaled Abu Rashid said: The problem is always with the termination of contracts, at a time when signing with this player or coach is in return. High finances, and they are also keen to include in their contracts high penal terms, and from here the club administrations face complex responsibilities. Abu Rashid continued: Unfortunately, some departments terminate contracts in an unprofessional manner. If these departments had specialists in sports law, they would have avoided many problems, for example, that they could terminate the contract in ways that do not carry financial consequences for the club, or at least at a financial cost that the club can bear. He added: Those who bear these deals are the club administrations, because they are responsible to the Ministry of Sports, while the ministry provides many solutions, so I hope that oversight will be tightened and there will be strict penalties for all violating clubs and more strict measures, and among what the Ministry has done is governance and financial efficiency that if The club could not get new players to be registered, and it would probably help a lot in reducing the issues pending with FIFA. Abu Rashid concluded: As a result of the mistakes that happen to the administrations, the debts accumulate frighteningly, in addition to the clubs threatening to deduct points or be prevented from registering, and this is a huge financial waste, in addition to the fact that only the fan of his nerves and his psychological state pays the price for all of this. A high risk area In the opinion of Ahmed Al-Sheikhi, a legal specialist in settling sports disputes, the main causes of this crisis are the rush of club administrations towards bringing in high-ranking players, without looking at their budgets or how to adhere to their contracts. And he continued: I do not know about the agreement between the ministry and the clubs in a previous period, because some deals that the ministry had a major role in completing the deal by paying the contract provider, and during the player’s clearance, there are large dues that have not been received, which prompts the player to resort to FIFA. Al Sheikhi believes that the solution lies in changing the financial efficiency system, including stopping the scheduling of local dues, as well as reviewing the external issues pending before FIFA on the club. The case is final with FIFA. He added: “Strict clauses must be set for all clubs, for each club president to bear the cases brought against him during his term of office. Al-Sheikhi considered that the biggest damages of continuing financial cases against Saudi clubs in FIFA, leave a bad reputation for our clubs, and may raise fears that our league will turn into a “high risk” area. . Sudden censorship The former professional director of Al Wahda Club and authorized players agent Abdulaziz Dabol said: The reason for the accumulation of debts on most clubs, and then the emergence of cases on them, is unfortunately due to the weakness of administrative thought. He added: The emergence of new cases before FIFA, despite what the state is doing, is surprising, and unfortunately reveals the administrative fragility in which the clubs are managed. He continued: I demanded earlier, specifically with the introduction of the idea of ​​governance and financial efficiency, that there be permanent monitoring periodically on the clubs through sudden inspection tours from the Ministry of Sports to monitor the exchange methods within the clubs. Abdulaziz considered the best solution to confront this crisis, which lies in presenting a budget to the clubs at the beginning of each season, which must be approved, through which contracts are determined, and the administrations must abide by them. And whoever violates these obligations, there will be clear and specific procedures.

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