F.I.F.A. – Dispute Resolution Chamber / Camera di Risoluzione delle Controversie – solidarity contribution/ contributo di solidarietà – (2019-2020) – fifa.com – atto non ufficiale – Decision 19 September 2019
Decision of the
Single Judge of the sub-committee of the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC)
passed on 19 September 2019,
by Eirik Monsen (Norway),
Single Judge of the sub-committee of the DRC,
on the claim presented by the club,
Club A, Country B
against the club,
Club C, Country D
regarding training compensation in connection with
the player, Player E
I. Facts of the case
1. According to the player passports issued by the Football Association of Country B (hereinafter: the Football Association F) on 21 June 2019, the player, Player E (hereinafter: the player), born on 18 August 1998, was registered with its affiliated clubs, including Club A (hereinafter: Club A or the Claimant), as follows:
From 28.09.2006 until 14.10.2008
From 22.10.2008 until 31.07.2010
From 01.08.2010 until 21.06.2011
From 22.06.2011 until 15.02.2016
From 16.02.2016 until 30.06.2016
From 01.07.2016 until 10.08.2017
2. Pursuant to the information provided by Football Association F, the football season in Country B starts in July and ends in June of the following year.
3. According to the information contained in the Transfer Matching System (TMS), the player moved from the Club of Country B, Club L, to the Club of Country D, Club C (hereinafter: the Respondent), on 10 August 2017, where he was registered as a professional for the first time.
4. Pursuant to the information in the TMS, the Respondent belonged to the category II (UEFA indicative amount of EUR 60,000 per year) at the moment the player was registered with it.
5. In this framework, on 21 December 2018, the Claimant contacted FIFA claiming its proportion of training compensation on the ground of the first registration of the player as a professional to a club of a different association, before the end of the season of his 23rd birthday. In particular, the Claimant requested the amount of EUR 22,191.79.
6. In spite of having been invited to do so, the Respondent did not reply to the Claimant’s claim.
II. Considerations of the Single Judge of the sub-committee of the DRC
1. First of all, the Single Judge of the sub-committee of the Dispute Resolution Chamber (hereinafter also referred to Single Judge) analysed whether he was competent to deal with the case at hand. In this respect, he took note that the present matter was submitted to FIFA on 21 December 2018. Consequently, the 2018 edition of the Rules Governing the Procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber (hereinafter: Procedural Rules) is applicable to the matter at hand (cf. art. 21 of the Procedural Rules).
2. Subsequently, the Single Judge referred to art. 3 of the Procedural Rules, which states that the Dispute Resolution Chamber shall examine its jurisdiction in light of arts. 22 to 24 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (edition June 2019). In accordance with art. 3 of Annexe 6 in conjunction with art. 24 par. 3 and art. 22 lit. d) of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the Single Judge is competent to decide on the present dispute relating to training compensation between clubs belonging to different associations handled through TMS.
3. Furthermore, and taking into consideration that the player was registered with the Respondent on 10 August 2017, the Single Judge analysed which regulations should be applicable as to the substance of the matter. In this respect, he confirmed that, in accordance with art. 26 par. 1 and 2 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (editions 2017, January and June 2018 as well as edition June 2019), the 2017 edition of the said regulations (hereinafter: Regulations) is applicable to the matter at hand as to the substance.
4. The competence of the Single Judge and the applicable regulations having been established, the Single Judge entered into the substance of the matter. The Single Judge started by acknowledging the above-mentioned facts of the case as well as the documentation on file. However, the Single Judge emphasized that in the following considerations he will refer only to the facts, arguments and documentary evidence which he considered pertinent for the assessment of the matter at hand. In particular, the Single Judge recalled that, in accordance with art. 6 par. 3 of Annexe 3 of the Regulations, FIFA may use, within the scope of proceedings pertaining to the application of the Regulations, any documentation or evidence generated or contained in the TMS.
5. First of all, the Single Judge recalled that, in accordance with the player passport issued by the Football Association F, the player, born on 18 August 1998, was registered with the Claimant as an amateur from 16 February 2016 until 30 June 2016.
6. Then, the Single Judge noted that the player transferred from the Club of Country B, Club L, to the Respondent where he was registered as a professional.
7. In continuation, the Single Judge took note that the Claimant requested the payment of the training compensation from the Respondent on the ground of the first registration of the player as a professional to the Respondent before the end of the season of his 23rd birthday. In particular, the Single Judge took note that the Claimant requested the amount of EUR 22,191.79.
8. Equally, the Single Judge noted that the Respondent, despite having been invited to do so, failed to present its response to the claim of the Claimant and, in this way, renounced its right to defence.
9. As a consequence of the aforementioned consideration, the Single Judge established that, in accordance with art. 9 par. 3 of the Procedural Rules, he shall take a decision upon the basis of the documents already on file, in other words upon the statements and documents presented by the Claimant.
10. Furthermore, and hereby referring to the rules applicable to training compensation, the Single Judge stated that, as established in art. 20 of the Regulations in combination with art. 1 par. 1 and art. 2 par 1. of Annexe 4 of the Regulations, training compensation is payable, as a general rule, for training incurred between the ages of 12 and 21 when a player is registered for the first time as a professional before the end of the season of the player’s 23rd birthday or when a professional is transferred between clubs of two different associations before the end of the season of the player’s 23rd birthday.
11. In continuation, the Single Judge observed that, based on the documents at disposal, it can be established that the player was registered with the Claimant before the end of the season of his 21st birthday, i.e. 16 February 2016 until 30 June 2016. What is more, the Single Judge observed that according to the player’s passport, the player was always registered throughout it youth career in Country B as an amateur. Furthermore, the Single Judge duly noted that the player then transferred from the Club of Country B, Club L to the Respondent where he was registered as a professional for the first time with the Respondent on 10 August 2017, i.e. before the end of the season of his 23rd birthday.
12. In view of the foregoing, the Single Judge concluded that the Respondent is liable to pay training compensation to the Claimant for the training of the player in accordance with art. 20 as well as Annexe 4 of the Regulations.
13. Turning his attention to the calculation of the training compensation, the Single Judge referred to art. 3 par. 1 sent. 2 of Annexe 4 of the Regulations, which stipulates that the amount payable is calculated on a pro rata basis according to the period of training that the player spent with each club. As such, the Single Judge concluded that the effective period of time to be considered in the matter at stake corresponds to 4 month of the season of the player’s 17th birthday.
14. Furthermore, the Single Judge referred to art. 5 paras. 1 and 2 of Annexe 4 of the Regulations, which stipulate that, as a general rule, to calculate the training compensation due to a player’s former club, it is necessary to take the costs that would have been incurred by the new club if it had trained the player itself.
15. In this respect, the Single Judge highlighted that the Respondent is a UEFA category II, and that the indicative amount for those clubs represents EUR 60,000 per year.
16. Consequently, taking into consideration all the above, the Single Judge decided that the Respondent is liable to pay the amount of EUR 20,000 to the Claimant for the training and education of the player.
17. Moreover, taking into consideration the Claimant’s claim as well as art. 3 par. 2 of Annexe 4 of the Regulations, the Single Judge decided that the Respondent has to pay interest at 5% p.a. over the amount payable as training compensation as of 9 September 2017 until the date of effective payment.
18. Lastly, the Single Judge referred to art. 25 par. 2 of the Regulations in conjunction with art. 18 par. 1 of the Procedural Rules, according to which, in proceedings before the DRC relating to disputes regarding training compensation and the solidarity mechanism, costs in the maximum amount of CHF 25,000 are levied. The relevant provision further states that the costs are to be borne in consideration of the parties’ degree of success in the proceedings and that, in accordance with Annexe A of the Procedural Rules, the costs of the proceedings are to be levied on the basis of the amount in dispute.
19. In respect of the above, the Single Judge held that the amount to be taken into consideration in the present proceedings is EUR 22,191.79 related to the claim of the Claimant. Consequently, the Single Judge concluded that the maximum amount of costs of the present proceedings corresponds to CHF 5,000.
20. As a result, the Single Judge determined the costs of the current proceedings to the amount of CHF 5,000 which should be borne by the Respondent considering its lack of reply.
21. The Single Judge concluded his deliberations by rejecting any further claim of the Claimant.
III. Decision of the Single Judge of the sub-committee of the DRC
1. The claim of the Claimant, Club A, is partially accepted.
2. The Respondent, Club C, has to pay to the Claimant, within 30 days as from the date of notification of this decision, the amount of EUR 20,000 + 5% p.a. interest as from 9 September 2017 until the date of effective payment.
3. Any further claim lodged by the Claimant is rejected.
4. In the event that the aforementioned sum plus interest is not paid within the stated time limit, the present matter shall be submitted, upon request, to FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee for consideration and a formal decision.
5. The final costs of the proceedings in the amount of CHF 5,000 are to be paid by the Respondent, within 30 days of notification of the present decision, to FIFA to the following bank account with reference to case no. XXX:
Account number 366.677.01U (FIFA Players’ Status)
Clearing number 230
IBAN: CH 27 0023 0230 3666 7701U
6. The Claimant is directed to inform the Respondent immediately and directly of the account number to which the remittance under point 2. above is to be made and to notify the Single Judge of the sub-committee of the DRC of every payment received
Note relating to the motivated decision (legal remedy):
According to art. 58 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, this decision may be appealed against before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The statement of appeal must be sent to the CAS directly within 21 days of receipt of notification of this decision and shall contain all the elements in accordance with point 2 of the directives issued by the CAS, a copy of which we enclose hereto. Within another 10 days following the expiry of the time limit for filing the statement of appeal, the appellant shall file a brief stating the facts and legal arguments giving rise to the appeal with the CAS (cf. point 4 of the directives).
The full address and contact numbers of the CAS are the following:
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For the Single Judge of the
sub-committee of the DRC
Emilio García Silvero
Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Encl.: CAS directives