Financial Fair Play Causes Disputes between Saudi Clubs

Disagreements erupted between Saudi sports clubs, especially between Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr, due to the financial fair play laws.

Al-Hilal club headed by Fahd bin Nafel rejected the new amendments to the professional regulation. And the conditions of setting a maximum limit for players’ wages

On the other hand, Al-Nasr Club, headed by Musali Al Muammar, demanded the implementation of this global system. He noted that not applying the financial fair play may increase the clubs’ debts.

Yesterday, the clubs held a meeting via video conference with the participation of the President of the Saudi Football Association.

While the Al-Ittihad Club demanded specific controls for salaries, while the representative of the Al-Shabab Club called for raising the maximum salary ceiling with limits.

According to press reports, the support of Turki Al-Dabaan, president of Al-Taei Club, supported the position of Al-Hilal Club in the meeting held yesterday.

While the representative of the Al-Ahly club attended the meeting without any demands.

Moreover, press reports said that the federation rejected the demands of Al-Hilal Club. And the clubs that supported it to remove the salary limit.

The reason for the refusal is due to “commitment to the financial governance system. And the debts that will accrue to clubs, according to previous experiences.”

It pointed out that the heads of Saudi clubs discussed Article 35 of the regulation related to the free movement of players at the age of 18. And explained that it would cause harm to them.

They demanded that the training allowance be raised if the new regulation was insisted upon.

Some club presidents touched on the penalties and penal conditions for the player in the contracts. Most of the presidents described them as being in the player’s interest. And the clubs cannot take decisions to preserve their rights.

The Football Association asked the club heads to send proposals and opinions to the Saudi Professional League. And then send them to the Federation for re-examination.

The club heads agreed on a meeting prior to their meeting with Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports, to discuss a number of issues related to the clubs before the start of the season.

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