|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.