ZURICH: Gianni Infantino, president of world football federation FIFA, has attacked the English Premier League both over the issue of agents’ commissions and for training rights in English competition.

Infantino pointed to the Premier League’s announcement last week that its clubs “had spent €500m euros in fees to intermediaries and agents” last year and “most of that money went outside of football.”

He added that, in that same period, English clubs paid less than €30m to “clubs that have trained and developed players signed from abroad.”

Infantino insisted that the compensation and solidarity payments imposed by FIFA in its regulations were “vital to thousands of less privileged clubs who struggle to generate income” and were “crucial for the development, training and opportunity of young people around the world.”

FIFA has struggled to impose controls on agents activities and revenues, partly because its strictures are viewed by legal advisers as restraint of trade.

Infantino’s statement ended by calling on governments and lawmakers to support FIFA in ensuring “that generating funds are kept within football and shared with clubs around the world, as they are absolutely key” for current and future generations of footballers.

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