Wednesday 13 December 2017

Infantino set to review rules over Pogba deal

FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Photo: Reuters
FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Photo: Reuters Sportdesk

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said world football's governing body will review the rules related to agents in response to the "perception" the transfer system is broken.

The development comes in the week FIFA confirmed it has asked for more information about Paul Pogba's £89million transfer from Juventus to Manchester United last summer.

The French midfielder's return to Old Trafford has dominated headlines in the UK and abroad since details of that transfer and his 2012 move to Italy surfaced.

Extracts from a forthcoming book called 'Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football' have appeared in newspapers throughout Europe this week and have claimed that Pogba's agent Mino Raiola will earn £41 million from the United deal.

The book, which has been written by two journalists from German newspaper 'Der Spiegel', alleges the Italian-born, Dutch-based agent will receive payments for acting for the buying and selling club, as well as the player.

These revelations have provoked widespread shock, with Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt calling Raiola's commission an "obscene" sum and accusing Premier League clubs' riches of "destroying" the game.

When asked about the Pogba transfer after the 67th FIFA Congress in Bahrain, Infantino said the sums of money involved in the global transfer system were "huge" and that created a "perception".

He said: "The same as FIFA wants to be transparent in our accounts, I think it's also a duty for the clubs, the agents and all those who are serious, that maybe we can come to some better way of dealing with this. How we'll decide for this to happen and when it will happen, I don't know."

Irish Independent

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