CAS backs FIFA over cap on player agents’ fees

July 25 – FIFA have won the latest ruling in an international fight by player agents to block rules that would regulate their industry and cap their fees.

The Zurich-based Professional Football Agents Association (PROFAA) had submitted an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a new regulatory framework that comes into force on October 1.

CAS said it “dismissed in their entirety” arguments put forward by PROFAA.

FIFA said the ruling “fully confirms the legality, validity and proportionality of the FIFA Football Agent Regulations.”

The new rules limit an agent’s earnings at 10% of a transfer fee when they act for the selling club. FIFA also wants to prohibit player agents from representing both the buying and selling clubs in a transfer.

PROFAA said it was “extremely disappointed” by the CAS ruling saying it would affect thousands of agents’ livelihood.

The group “will continue to support any and all litigation against these regulations, specifically the introduction of a commission cap,” its president Paddy Dominguez said in a statement.

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