Mike Miller, the chairman of AFA, told Telegraph Sport that his organisation had always wanted regulation, including entry exams, but stressed that, as stakeholders, they must be part of the consultation. The letter also outlines their opposition to the publication of the details of transactions and fees and says that it is unfair “to continue the current practice of an agent not being paid until the minor is 18 even though he may well have received a professional contract by then”. The AFA warns that options including injunctive relief – which is a court order – will be considered if they do not hear back from Fifa within a fortnight.
“Without such consultation you will leave them no alternative but to challenge any such regulations that we and they consider to be unfair, oppressive, discriminatory and anti-competitive,” says the letter.
“Our client has no wish to litigate, only to negotiate through a proper consultative process which has not yet occurred. Meetings with a few agents selected by yourselves does not come close to a meaningful consultation.”