Warning players against joining several clubs, including those in Saudi Arabia and Algeria.

The International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) has warned players against joining clubs from China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other countries due to what it called “widespread and systematic contract violations”.

On Tuesday, FIFPro said it needed to consult with its national unions about potential transfers and player free transfers.

In the first full week of the summer transfer market across much of Europe, long-term problems have been identified at various clubs in Turkey and Romania, including unpaid player salaries.

The Netherlands-based FIFPro said there is “little chance” for players to recover their contract money when Romanian clubs go bankrupt and second-tier Greek clubs often close without paying their debts.

“Paying wages is also a constant problem for players in Algeria, China and Saudi Arabia,” she added.

The International Football Association FIFA and FIFPro have provided some assistance to the players, allocating $4 million this year to help unpaid players.

FIFA is also trying to expedite procedures for players who have filed complaints in Zurich against their former clubs.

Such cases are often referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the decision can drag on for several months or even years.

Source: “Agency”

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