Corrupt soccer agents face the might of the law

THE SOUTH AFRICAN Football Intermediaries Association (SAFIA) is in hot water.

Corrupt soccer agents face the might of the law

This follows the recommendations from the Competition Commission to prosecute the association for price fixing and trading conditions, amongst others.

The association negotiates contracts on behalf of players’ and coaches’ in the South Africa.

As such, 36 members will face the Competition Tribunal.

The bone of contention is, on May 2015, the South African Football Association (SAFA) acting on instructions of FIFA sought to regulate the affairs of football agents, including to reduce the 10% commission to 3%.

SAFIA blocked this attempt through a court interdict.

In July 2015, the Commission received a complaint from SAFIA against SAFA.

SAFIA alleged that the 3% cap introduced by SAFA constitutes fixing of an agent’s fee in contravention of the Competition Act.

SAFA strongly believes that local agents allegedly colluded on that demanded fee.

In May this year, it was reported that the Commission was looking into the organizations affairs, though would not get into the matter, according to SACC head of communications, Sipho Ngwena.

Now we can confirm- on good authority- that the Commission’s investigation that began December 2015 has revealed the following, among others:

  • SAFIA and its members agreed to charge soccer players and coaches a standard 10% commission fee when negotiating and concluding, on their behalf, new contracts, transfer contracts, and renewal contracts with football clubs  ;
  • They also charge football players and coaches a standard 20% commission fee when negotiating and concluding, on their behalf, new commercial contracts and renewal of those contracts with sponsors; and
  • They use SAFIA as a platform for collusion.

In referring the matter to the Tribunal for prosecution, the Commission is seeking an order declaring that SAFIA and its members contravened the Competition Act.

The Commission also wants SAFIA and its members to cease from engaging in this conduct and similar conduct in future.

The 37 parties in the matter are as follows:

  1. South African Football Intermediaries Association
  2. Pro Sport International (Pty) Ltd
  3. Siyavuma Sports Group (Pty) Ltd
  4. The Players Club CC
  5. Bidvest Media (Pty) Ltd, trading as MSC Sports
  6. Quality Talent Sports (Pty) Ltd
  7. Prof’ Sionalz Marketing and Management CC
  8. JDR Consulting (Pty) Ltd
  9. P Management (Pty) Ltd
  10. Musawenkosi Arthur Dlamini
  11. Tebogo Taunyane Hlapolosa
  12. GS Sports Agency (Pty) Ltd
  13. Erika Bester
  14. Sierra Sports Agency CC
  15. KN Sports CC
  16. Bheki Khathide
  17. Liberate Resources Sports Management CC
  18. Eclectic Sports Management (Pty) Ltd
  19. On the Ball Sports Management (Pty) Ltd
  20. Touchline Sports Management (Pty) Ltd
  21. True Ambition Sports Management (Pty) Ltd
  22. Eliot Nzama
  23. Ben Kokela
  24. ETM Sports Management CC
  25. Sports Midfield Agency (Pty) Ltd
  26. Alex Bondarenko
  27. Mede8 Sports (Pty) Ltd
  28. New Generation Sports Management (Pty) Ltd
  29. Abelsam Sports Management CC
  30. Cape Colosseum Management CC
  31. Sipho Shaven
  32. MVP Sports Management International (Pty) Ltd
  33. Modhouma Holding (Pty) Ltd
  34. Gladwin Mpho Diokane
  35. Vasili Barbis
  36. Phelele Mkhize
  37. MS Sport Management (Pty) Ltd

 

 

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