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South African Agents Under Fire For Alleged Collusion

South African Agents Are Coming Under Fire

By Soccer Laduma - Oct 10, 2017 05:26 PM
South Africa’s Competition Commission has referred the South African Football Intermediaries Association to the Competition Tribunal for – among other things – collusion.
As background for their decision, the CC explained, “In 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. Following an investigation, the Commission decided not to prosecute SAFA. Instead, the Commission decided to launch an investigation in December 2015 against SAFIA and its members for fixing the commission they charge football players and coaches.”
Now, in their press release, they say that they referred SAFIA and 36 of its members to the Competition Tribunal for ‘prosecution in relation to fixing of prices and trading conditions’.
A statement read as follows:
SAFIA is a body of sports agents who manage soccer players and coaches. They, by and large, negotiate transfer fees and contracts on behalf of players and coaches. A Commission investigation 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.
Further, the Commission is seeking an order declaring that each of the 37 parties be held liable for the payment of the maximum fine allowable in terms of the Competition Act.
The list of parties includes some of South Africa’s biggest agencies such as ProSport International, Siyavuma Sports, The Players Club, MSC Sports and QT Sports.


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tebbylee Joined: 27 Jun 2015
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tebbylee Oct 11, 2017 08:17 AM
My job is my job and their job is their job,no roping business
gangisamhlave Joined: 22 Jan 2015
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gangisamhlave Oct 10, 2017 10:32 PM
Someone who wear jersey 14 at chiefs should give this guy what belongs 2 him if u know what I mean
@McCoora Joined: 02 Mar 2017
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@McCoora Oct 10, 2017 10:06 PM
You negotiate for a player/coach to get R300 000 by doing so using all your resources also involving the legal witnesses and then get for example a mere R3000 in return,is that fair for intermediaries? The same SAFA committee gave each other R7000 000 each for negotiating for sponsorships a while back.
Myaka weliPhefeni Joined: 14 Jul 2016
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Myaka weliPhefeni Oct 10, 2017 09:36 PM
Bt its luk lyk nothing wrong abt agents bcz they present players wth their agreement and they work hard for their players to be in good enveloment bt all percent they agree each other no one is robing other
setlaboswana Joined: 20 Mar 2012
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setlaboswana Oct 10, 2017 08:51 PM
Not abreast with the facts, but, I think the Competition Commission is taking matters too far. Football business is different from retail business. Fixed commission on transfer deals is a generally accepted practice...
The_Diski_God Joined: 08 Oct 2013
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The_Diski_God Oct 10, 2017 07:30 PM
Great, collusion must fall!

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