Sandro Rosell: Footballers should foot bill

With the likes of Ronaldo and Rooney earning thousands of dollars a week is it time they paid their own agents' fees.

     Barca president Sandro Rosell (L) would like to sign players like Fabregas without paying his agent too [GALLO/GETTY] 

    Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has called on UEFA to change the rules on clubs having to pay agents' fees, saying the current system where players do not cough up for their own representation does not make sense.
     
    "I have always asked myself why, when an agent is representing a player and he comes to negotiate his contract with the club, why is the club paying the agency fees?" Rosell said at a soccer conference in Dubai on Wednesday.

    "When he is defending the other party and what he wants is to get the maximum number for the other party and, at the end, you have to pay the commission to the agent, it doesn't make sense. This is something I would ask UEFA to change as a rule."

    "If you go to the hairdressers, you don't send your employer to pay the bill"

    UEFA's Gianni Infantino 

    Transfers are big business and agents' cuts can run into millions of dollars.

    The system has come in for much criticism, with FIFA, the world football governing body, announcing plans in September aimed at opening up the dealings to more transparency and capping the amount which agents can earn from transfers.

    While maintaining that agents were the responsibility of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, the general secretary of European soccer's governing body UEFA, had some sympathy for Rosell's position.

    "I also agree on who has to pay the agent - the player who uses the agent," Infantino said.

    "That seems quite obvious as well. If you go to the hairdressers, you don't send your employer to pay the bill," he said.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

    North Korea's nuclear weapons