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The laws of the transfer market could be rewritten with landmark court case in Italy

Goal.com logo Goal.com 08-05-2017

A group of Italian agents is seeking to overturn FIFA's deregulation of their profession and they could be set to bring in new regulations to the transfer market ahead of an upcoming summer of business.

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In April 2015, FIFA ended its global licensing system for agents but there will be a hearing on Tuesday in Rome to bring back something that resembles the old system that saw certified professional football agents represent players.

It would be a major change ahead of the transfer window as it would affect one of Europe's big five leagues after similar victories in other countries including Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Ukraine, Switzerland and Mexico.

The hearing has been brought forward by the IAFA - Italian association of football agents - and a decision will be made along with the Italian Football Federation. IAFA is having separate discussions with the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Sport and the Italian National Olympic Committee.

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There are hopes that this could kick-start a domino effect of action across Europe. IAFA has also petitioned the European Parliament as it aims to challenge FIFA's ruling from two years ago.

The rule change was controversial and made it easier for individuals to become involved in the world of football transfers. It meant that a small fee could be paid by a person to register as a football 'intermediary' but some claim that it has left the game open to corruption and crime.

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Football agents used to be required to pass an exam featuring questions on contract legalities, immigration rules and registration laws - making the profession harder to get into.

The current laws have also had the side effect of family members choosing to represent their footballer relatives, but the case on Tuesday could have a dramatic effect on how business is conducted in Italy, and maybe even across Europe.

An IAFA statement told Goal read: "The proposed new regulations would benefit not only football agents, but also football clubs and players as they would reduce criminal activity in the transfer market."

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