FPAI organises lawyer-footballer interface on contract issues

April 14th, 2009 - 12:04 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) In a move aimed at educating footballers on the legal nuances of the contracts they sign with clubs, the Bhaichung Bhutia-led Football Players Association of India (FPAI) Monday organised an interaction with a noted legal expert on various aspects of contractual obligations.
The FPAI’s unique move followed problems faced by players like Steven Dias and N.P. Pradeep who could not change jerseys as per their choice following objections from their old clubs.

The players’ session with legal luminary Ushanath Banerjee dealt with the international norms of contracts and the rules of the country’s apex soccer governing panel, All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Banerjee said the AIFF is according high priority to adopting a standardised format for club-player contracts following a communication from world football regulator FIFA.

The AIFF is slated to deliberate on April 17 or 18 on adopting a new format.

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