‘The deal is a victory for the workers’
The Italian football union is calling on Italy’s football federation to end its contract with sullian supplier Sepp Blatter’s FIFA and suspend any transfer of the world football governing body’s business to the country.
Blatter was elected president of FIFA in November 2013 and immediately announced he was looking for a new company to take over his administration.
In December 2014, a group of union representatives, led by the union’s general secretary Giuseppe De Rossi, lodged a complaint against FIFA with FIFA’s ethics committee.
The union claims the decision by Blatter to suspend any future transfers of his business is discriminatory.
Blame is being put on Sepp and his business, Sepp-Blatter Sport AG, for the alleged “systematic breach” of labor laws.
It also accuses Blatter of “taking advantage of FIFA’s position of being an agent of the sporting body to benefit himself and his personal enrichment”.
“The president of the federation should immediately suspend any further transfer of his interests in Sepp’s sports company,” De Rossi said.
“We demand a thorough investigation into the alleged violations of labor law and the corruption of FIFA.”
In a statement, De Rossi and the union called on FIFA to investigate the “systemic breach of labor and employment laws.”
“As a result of this scandal, the national federation of soccer players has had to pay damages of over $40 million,” the statement added.
“This amount was due to FIFA’s failure to implement the law of contract between the national federations and FIFA.
The federation should now pay a sum of the same amount as it was owed to the national associations.”
The dispute with Sepp was sparked when Blatter took over from previous FIFA president Sepp Schmid in March 2019.
He appointed Blatter as the new president of CONCACAF, a confederation of soccer nations in South America, but failed to take advantage of his new position to transfer control of the governing body to him.