ZURICH: World football federation FIFA has suspended the introduction of new controls on agents while it awaits the outcome of a case registered with the European Court of Justice.

On December 16, 2022, the FIFA Council approved its new agent regulations which represented, it claimed, “a balanced and reasonable legal instrument to protect the integrity of [footbal’s transfer system] and ensure its correct functioning.”

According to the same circular, since its approval, “a coordinated strategy was launched against it, in which agents and agent associations filed several lawsuits in Europe against the governing body of world football in order to challenge the legality of the regulation and delay its entry into force.”

FIFA added: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the supreme court of justice for the resolution of sports disputes recognized by the FIFA Statutes, has confirmed the legality and proportionality of the Agents Regulations.”

However a provisional objection by a Dortmund District Court against some regulations had left the entire development open to doubt.

FIFA added: “This measure is incompatible with previous judicial rulings from other countries, the CAS ruling and previous decisions in Germany, including those issued by appeals courts. That is why FIFA has decided to appeal this measure, and hopes that the outcome will be known in the first half of 2024.”

Pushing ahead with some of the regulations in the European Union would create a legal imbalance within the international transfer system is concerned, hence the decision to enact a total freeze pending an ECJ ruling