The scribe of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers Austin Popo has stated that the Players Union in Nigeria wants to pursue an agenda that will see FIFA intervene in the way clubs treat players with regards to their earnings and due emoluments with the growing cases of players been owed in the Nigerian league.
Popo speaking in a chat with brila.net said the current situation favors foreign players in the league where FIFA comes readily to their aid in terms of jurisdictions as against local Nigerian players who are at the mercy of having the Football Federation pronounce enforcements on clubs which has failed to yield the desired results, hence the need to have the scope of such control beyond just the Federation so that everyone is taken care of once it gets to FIFA’s notice.
“These are some of the things we want to raise up with FIFA because FIFA rules so to speak in terms of jurisdictions have not been fair to domestic players especially those playing in Africa.
Some of the cases we are handling now we discovered that some foreign players in our league have the same issues with our domestic players but when those players raise up the issue because of the jurisdictions of FIFA overseeing their matter, they get a judgement from arbitration and they get paid.
FIFA just thinks Federation in Africa have the capacity to enforce clubs to comply with the decision of arbitration, it’s not working. So these are some of the things FIFA needs to look at jurisdictions.”
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