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Coucke: “When Belgian clubs is the big money not to earn. Forget that”

In the parliamentary Committee of Finance have Marc Coucke and Pierre François, respectively president and ceo of the Pro League, more explanation is given about Operation ‘Clean Hands’ and the plans of the Pro League to financial excesses in football. Coucke defended the fiscal and parafiscal benefits that football clubs enjoy.

The politics put the professional clubs with their backs against the wall after the outbreak of the scandal, Operation “Clean Hands”. The benefits for the clubs, in the form of a national office for SOCIAL security discount and a discount on the bedrijfsheffing, among others, were minister of Social Affairs Maggie De Block (Open VLD) in the visor taken. The football clubs in iron, as millions of euros. That there are benefits for all sporting clubs, but research in The Newspaper pointed out that the lion’s share targeted at a small wreath of football clubs – they are the ones who, in our country, the largest wages paid.

But the commission took Coucke the defence of the Pro League. “If you know the tax advantages dropped, no pro club is still profitable. In the Belgian clubs is the big money not to earn, forget that, ” said Coucke. ‘What arrives, is reinvested in youth groups.’

The exemption on withholding tax to get the clubs only on the condition that they are a part of that advantage to invest in youth functioning. Pro League president Marc Coucke warned there in the Room for, what he calls, the child with the bathwater, not throwing it away. “We have to be thankful for all the benefits that the clubs have received, but we have the maximum done to return to give that asked us is,” he said.

No big gains

Coucke further pointed out that the football sector in our country is not large profits. All professional clubs were together in 2017 is good for 14 million euro profit. Grosso modo, only the five big clubs profit. The K11, the other eleven clubs from the Jupiler Pro League run to break even. The clubs from 1B make a loss.

According to Coucke, would the abolition or drastic revision of the (para -) fiscal benefits have a big impact on the football sector. “Clubs don’t have large reserves. All clubs should immediately review their policies need to change and need to take measures to reduce their costs. And where we have, in recent years, a huge investment? In youth groups.’

Brokers tackle

Meanwhile the plan of Coucke, to the financial excesses in the Belgian football tackle, or form. One of the major obstacles are the huge commissions that the topvoetbalclubs pay to brokers.

Thus earned, for example, real estate agent Didier Frenay a commission of 30 percent – 3.3 million – on the transfer of Landry Dimata of KV Oostende to Wolfsburg. His colleague Christophe Henrotay region, nearly 30 percent, or roughly 6 million of euros, for the transfer of Youri Tielemans from AS Monaco to Anderlecht.

That problem wants the Pro League very quickly to address. This year the clubs have a charter to sign on its dealings with brokers. These commitments would then become part of the license terms for the clubs. In the long term there would be clear and enforceable legislation. “That will be us one or two transfers cost, but that we have sure about,” said Coucke.

‘Even should uitzweten’

The G5 (Club Brugge, Anderlecht, Gent, Standard and Genk) also want the principle to enter that is no longer the clubs but the players, the brokers pay for it. ‘That is nothing more than logical because the estate agents in 99 percent of the cases, for the players and not for the clubs to work, ” says Vincent Mannaert, general manager of Club Brugge. “As the players themselves, their agents have to pay, will the commission itself and bags the wheat from the chaff in the makelaarswereld be separated.’

Today, almost everyone who wants football agent. The Pro League established a commission on the status of the agents had to bow. “If we have this as Belgium to enter the rest of Europe to hopefully follow soon,” says Vincent Mannaert.

Some brokers, such as Didier Frenay, showed their displeasure all turn out. But the clubs are aware of. Mannaert: “We will maybe two transferperioden should uitzweten, but if that means that we afterwards on a level playing field can play, is that a sacrifice we are willing to pay.’

Some other measures such as a limitation of the number of players per agent to a team, the ban on the players and trainer of the same broker to have, or the introduction of a clearing house for transfers in to carry, also lay on the table but found as yet no consensus.

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