The Royal Moroccan Football Federation has made changes to its statutes to bring them more in line with the current situation. At its Ordinary General Assembly (OGA), the body approved changes to several regulatory texts, including the rules governing the status of players, the disciplinary code and the rules governing competitions.
In Morocco, disputes between players/coaches and clubs is almost a routine. According to the latest figures available, more than 370 new disputes had landed at the FRMF's Dispute Resolution Chamber in the second half of 2019 alone. An exorbitant figure! The Kingdom remains moreover one of the countries most affected by this black spot in football. At its last AGM, the Federation therefore made changes that will prevent the explosion of the number of disputes, but especially to put a little more pressure on clubs to clarify their transfers and honor their financial commitments to players.
Transfers, wages... what will change?
The first important point is that player transfers will be carried out electronically. All movements will therefore be registered online. This improvement was requested by players' agents. "I think that the systematic presence of a Moroccan intermediary for each signature of a pro contract would facilitate things. Just like the possibility for everyone to access a website dedicated to all the clubs' pro contracts, for total transparency," Julien Poujol, an agent approved by the Federation, told SNA.
The body has also banned the transfer of players between clubs. "No club or player can be involved in a bridging transfer. The purpose of such transfers is to circumvent the applicable regulations or law and/or to defraud any person or entity," FIFA explained.
As regards the payment of wages, the Federation has also made an improvement that will benefit players who are often harmed in disputes. If a club were to find itself in an illegal situation by not paying at least two monthly salaries to a player on the dates stipulated, the latter would then be considered entitled to terminate his contract. However, it should be noted that the club must be given a written notice of default and a minimum of 15 days to settle the bill.
The amendments concerning financial disputes between teams and players or coaches also require a deadline for clubs to respect their commitments. In this regard, the Federation states that any club that has not paid the debts of a player or technical staff within 45 days "will be banned from concluding contracts". In other words, no recruitment will be allowed. The maximum total duration of this registration ban is three "full and consecutive" transfer periods. That is not all, as the Fédération may also impose sporting sanctions on the club concerned.
Another new point is the bad behavior regarding VAR. Teams will be sanctioned for preventing or refusing to use the VAR technology during matches. The sanction can range from a match lost by penalty to a fine of 25,000 euros (16 million FCFA). In the event of damage to equipment, the club will be deducted one point from the overall standings and the perpetrator could be suspended for two years. The offender will also have to repair the damage (2,000 euros, 1.3 million FCFA).