Infantino backs Premier League transfer window

2018-02-15 14:42:53

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has backed the Premier League's decision to close the summer transfer window before the start of next season.

Following a vote of the 20 clubs during September last year, which was not unanimous, no new players will be able to be registered in the Premier League after 5pm on Thursday, August 9 2018.

Top-flight clubs will, though, be able to sell players to teams where the window is still open and Infantino believes the initiative "makes sense".

"I'm very happy with the Premier League's proposal," Infantino said in an interview with ESPN FC.

"It makes sense when you start the season to know what your squad is, and then you play the season with your squad.

"You [should not] be able to change one week, two week or months into the season and risk losing maybe your best player. It's not right.

"We have to protect the values [that] have made football what it is, [as well as the game's] integrity."

In a wide-ranging interview, Infantino also tackled the issue of increasing transfer fees and related money which flows out of the game across the globe.

During the January transfer window, Premier League clubs spent some £430m, which was nearly twice the previous record.

"For international transfers alone, we've seen some 6.4 billion US Dollars  circulating. This is double the amount of just four or five years ago," he said.

"You could say the system is healthy because there is lots of money, but the trend is worrying and that's why we need to act.

"And, at the same time, the commission fees paid to agents are increasing as well, to more than £500million US Dollars. "I think the rise of commissions paid to agents has taken a worrying direction, and many agents agree with me and would like more oversight.

"It's also a question of football's ecosystem... today there are no rules in place. Anyone can do what he wants.

"But the reality shows us that there are risks of bribery, corruption and money laundering. It's not me saying it; there are many reports from government authorities that show this is the case."

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