European clubs cheat the player market by failing to pay 'solidarity' dues

football developmentBy Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent, in Barcelona
March 5 - Hundreds of clubs responsible for developing players before they hit the big time in Europe are being unwittingly cheated out of their rightful compensation. New international transfer figures show that Europe's clubs are all but ignoring their responsibilities to Continents like Africa and South America by paying out little more than one-fifth of required "solidarity" payments to clubs who train players during their formative years - amounting to a massive shortfall.