Agents say ‘don’t pay Shakhtar” – Football is taking advantage of the war between Russia and Ukraine, claims the CEO

FIFA’s decision to allow players and coaches to suspend their contracts has weakened Ukraine’s squads, Shakhtar coach says

Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin has accused football agents of trying to exploit the war in Ukraine for their own gain.

Ukrainian football was rocked by Russia’s invasion of the eastern European country in February.

FIFA tried to make it easier for foreign players to leave teams in Ukraine outside the regular transfer window by introducing temporary regulations allowing them to arrange transfers elsewhere.

What did Shakhtar’s president say about football agents?

FIFA has decided to extend these rules for another year, allowing players and coaches to suspend their contracts until 2023.

Palkin has argued that FIFA’s recent ruling has weakened Ukrainian teams and opened up opportunities for agents to exploit them.

He said the athlete: “Some agents are destroying us. They try to steal players. They play games, contact clubs and say they don’t pay us and deals are broken. You can’t imagine what’s going on.

“Agents come to clubs and say: ‘Don’t pay Shakhtar, the players get free, just pay me (the agent) 10 million euros and forget the club’.

“The power to decide whether to suspend contracts is now in the hands of players’ agents. It doesn’t reflect the club’s intention to save players and investments.

“And we now have basically nine days to agree with our players on their sale or loan to foreign clubs, which is simply impossible.

“FIFA didn’t help Ukrainian clubs by issuing regulations. On the contrary, they significantly worsened our negotiations with players and made agents even more powerful and wealthy.”

What did FIFA say?

FIFA confirmed on Tuesday that the temporary rules had been extended, stating: “Should clubs belonging to the Football Union of Ukraine (UAF) or the Football Union of Russia (FUR) fail to reach an agreement with their respective foreign players and coaches before or on 30 June 2022, and unless otherwise agreed in writing, these players and coaches have the right to suspend their employment contracts with their clubs until 30 June 2023.

“These regulations give players and coaches the opportunity to train, play and receive a salary, while protecting Ukrainian clubs and facilitating the departure of foreign players and coaches from Russia.”

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