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“You can of Sodom and Gomorrah in one day the Vatican city’

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JESSE DE PRETER president venue BFFA

Operation Clean Hands has wounds in us football, even at the brokers. The establishment of the professional association BFFA need for a change of make and separate chaff from wheat. “We want to be that contracts are again of value’, says chairman Jesse De Preter.

“You can of Sodom and Gomorrah in one day the Vatican city’

Operation Clean Hands has wounds in us football, even at the brokers. The establishment of the professional association BFFA need for a change of make and separate chaff from wheat. “We want to be that contracts are again of value’, says chairman Jesse De Preter.

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Interview

JESSE DE PRETER president venue BFFA

Operation Clean Hands has wounds in us football, even at the brokers. The establishment of the professional association BFFA need for a change of make and separate chaff from wheat. “We want to be that contracts are again of value’, says chairman Jesse De Preter.

“You can of Sodom and Gomorrah in one day the Vatican city’

Operation Clean Hands has wounds in us football, even at the brokers. The establishment of the professional association BFFA need for a change of make and separate chaff from wheat. “We want to be that contracts are again of value’, says chairman Jesse De Preter.

Who is Jesse De Preter?

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Involvement of journalists not so innocent’

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“I was totally not surprised when I morning news listened to”, says Jesse De Preter back on Wednesday 10 October, the day that Operation Clean Hands the football world dooreenschudde. “I am shocked at the size. My first reaction was: this must be a very long time and very well prepared. I already knew for a while that the abuses an amalgam were brokers, trainers, players, board members and journalists. I also was not afraid: I know that I get that kind of things not to do. The only thing that surprised me, was that there are referees involved would be. Usually think of a bribe to a kind of FC The Champions level, not at the top.’

De Preter has been ceo of Atticus Sports Management, football agent and since december 7, president of the Belgian Federation of Football Agents (BFFA), the Belgian association of realtors. ‘I can’t imagine how you are in such a situation, ” he says. “I’m clubleider been (in 2011 and 2012 was The Preter for a while ceo of then first division Lierse, eds.). Something is very slowly built up. These men are very good in order to yourself is important to do feel. It begins innocently, with a joke and a compliment. Don’t forget: these are all the egos in that world. If you do not have boundaries, you become swept away.’

‘Matchfixing is like a tumor: you can cut. Corruption is a debilitating disease where you never from hits, with branches throughout the football world. Very contagious. I call the practices of which here there is, incidentally, not white – but zwartwassen. You get no money back from an illegal circuit or of a tax haven, but you are doing exactly the opposite: the commissions of brokers passed through derdenrekeningen of attorneys, or foreign companies, making money under the radar disappeared. A disease of the Belgian football.’

Under the estate agents was apparently applauded, glad that they were that Mogi Bayat was arrested, the man that the Belgian market is almost monopoliseerde and that sometimes players afsnoepte of his colleagues.

‘On social media when nasty things written. I don’t understand that you can gloat to a competitor that suspicion is made, while you know that this situation has an influence on the sector as a whole. That Mogi Bayat in the prison, is very for him and we later have yet to see if that was justified, but his incarceration has us allemáál reputation and money. I got that 10th October, the one after the other message on my mobile: “You’re still not in the tank?” Funny hey …’

Wild West

Why do you have until the beginning of december, been waiting for a association of real estate brokers to establish?

‘In fact live brokers are constantly in conflict with each other. There are members in the BFFA with whom I have in the past on a not too nice way, confronted me. But well, there we have now, but above.”

Today, activity of players ‘ agent is active on a totally deregulated market. A disadvantage for whom the game correctly and wants to play?

“The first problem is that there are too few regulations. Especially in Belgium, as in other countries is that there. Second problem: the existing regulatory framework, which is not so bad, was totally not applied. As a real estate agent, you must be registered as arbeidsbemiddelaar. There are obligations. There is even in prison for who is there not to love. But no one checks it. Particularly frustrating for agents as I and the vast majority of my colleagues. There is no level playing field. We have to compete against competitors that have no ball to attract the law, and are the very first victim of this situation.’

“The decree allows a player of one day to the other broker to change without any form of compensation. So you create the Wild West. Rogue figures sit to wait until a player is about to be transferred to be and to do him a proposal to be with them. Ours, an hour before the close of the deal. Nice is different.”

“In 2015, the Fifa rules simply abolished. Since then, you will need to register with the national bond and 500 euro deposit to pay, a joke. Everyone could then broker, a forty registered brokers are we in a few years time went to 419. There are more brokers than Belgian professional footballers. That is simply absurd. There are more than two hundred that once a registration requested, but not in order. But that do have done business! Then throws around not officially active broker on Facebook that he just got a fantastic deal has ended. Yeah.’

Who should be member of the BFFA? I see, for example, the name of Didier Frenay, who a year and a half ago, more than 3 million euros earned on the transfer of Landry Dimata, who for 11 million from Ostend to Wolfsburg. May we be that excessive?

“I know the details and wants me to not walk. But I can you say the following: there is a broker he expects players guides, a neglected aspect of our profession. Atticus chooses for one hundred percent guidance. We ensure that they have food, clothes, shoes, find if the correct schoolrichting. We are a taxi, driving them around. Sometimes you even need someone to regulate. We players have learned to brush their teeth. That is extremely far away, so that player is only on the football need to concentrate. Sometimes we are two years with someone before you make your first euro earned.’

“There are of course also purely transactional brokers. That just as their signatures, ciao, don’t even need to be called afterwards. People will say: with one phone call deserves such a broker millions. In practice, that most completely different. Besides, if a player that 500,000 euro has cost 11 million is sold, is that a good thing for a club. Assume that your house will sell and you will find a broker who can do that for the twintigvoudige of the original price, but he requires twenty percent on the price: how many people will say no, do you think? Zero. If that is agreed, what is the problem?”

May Dejan Veljkovic and Mogi Bayat to become a member?

‘Difficult question. We have a clause that has to do with reputation and public image, but that is for interpretation. For Veljkovic would be problematic: he is spijtoptant, which he has admitted that he crime has been committed. Bayat has nothing is granted: assume that he the membership would request, that would be thoroughly examine and might let you know that we want to wait and see how the lawsuit develops.’

Waiting for the Fifa

The Pro League on 17 december a number of proposals launched to the makelaarswereld to regulate. Are you happy with it?

‘Clubs who are only allowed to work with registered real estate agents: all for it. A clearing house for contracts and transfers: all for it. Bondsparket and licensing committee, which can sanction: all for it. Commissions pay on time: that would be revolutionary! (laughs) But the protection of bona fide brokers is not in the plan and which is needed. And you have no children under the fifteen years would represent, I think, is completely illegal. Personally, I am against you on your fifteenth a professional contract to sign: that is much too early. But as it is in a collective bargaining agreement that is drawn up by the clubs and the spelersvakbond. Such a boy may not have advance notice when a top specialist., because that is considered employment. So it is also in the draft decree of minister Muyters. Make sure there is at least 14 years and 6 months!”

The politics intrude there, too, now: there is a draft law of Denis Ducarme (MR, resigning minister of the self-employed), a bill of Roel Deseyn (CD&V, member of parliament) and a draft of the decree of Philippe Muyters (N-VA, Flemish minister of Sport).

“Again with the necessary drum roll launched. So that makes all three texts. There is undoubtedly a decree in Wallonia, and there is now the proposal of the Pro League. In addition you have the existing bondsreglement, one of the worst legal texts that exist, that now the new ceo of the football association, Peter Bossaert, is addressed. Six rules at three different levels. “It might be an idea to go sit in a working group for a coordinated whole of?” I asked during a hearing. Because if you believe that the six texts are tuned to each other will be, do you have the past eighty years, not lived in Belgium. Why can’t we first have a civil debate, then the cabinets and legal specialists a solid text? That is, in my eyes, democracy. With us the reverse happens: there is a piece of legislation drawn up to a debate to launch. And at the same time there were discussions about the abolition of the favourable withholding taxes and other social and tax advantages. Everything is lumped.’

‘Beware, I don’t think it’s bad that politicians are trying to score, because there should be scored in this file. We have a few goals are needed, and preferably beautiful. But the result will again be that we are an amalgam of rules. And then there is about a few months of a new Fifa regulations. We will have to wait. Our hope is this: fall 2019, a new law.’

How should it then be according to you?

“We should try England to copy. If a transaction wants to do, you need before you make an appointment with a club, a representation agreement to be uploaded into a central system. That is verified your contract is in order, the player is not registered with any other broker? After a few seconds have your answer, and you can contact the club. At the end of the negotiations, the player must again confirm that you are a real-estate broker. Only then is a transfer completed. Clearly not. Then send an invoice to the club, that the payment to the clearing house of the English football association forward. Also there will follow an inspection and only then is the amount on your account. It puts a moral pressure on the parties involved not to crazy things to do.’

‘The starting point of all is the stability in the contracts between players and agents, because these obligations will impose on both sides. That is the foundation on which your house need to build. Contracts should again be of value. We want to liability and legal certainty.’

Why pay a player, as a client, not just a fixed percentage on all his income to his broker?

“Because that would be unfair compared with the situation now. You would think that fee could bring in as expenses, but the vat, to 21 percent, you can’t recover. A player would therefore be tax-penalized. Well, you could abstraction can make, but we have the mentality to look. Players think that everything is free: their football boots, their transport, the services they receive. You can not Sodom and Gomorrah, in one day transform it in the Vatican. In itself, I’m there for, but I fear that you then a climate creates that one that will try to dodge. Then you get a flow of black money.’

Who is Jesse De Preter?

• 40 years

• Ceo Atticus Sports Management (agent of o.a. football players Jason Denayer and Matz Sels, basketters Ann Wauters and Kim Mestdagh, Red Lion Loïck Luypaert)

• President of the Belgian Federation of Football Agents

• Former general counsel Club Brugge, ceo Lierse, active at BX Brussels

Involvement of journalists not so innocent’

“I think that the media quite quickly over that there are also journalists in suspicion have been advised of the membership of a criminal organisation. There are voetbaljournalisten that for years the borders of the ethical limits. The fact that their colleagues this off as something innocent – a point more to the quote in the maandagkrant – is not correct. Should journalists not independent messages? I understand fully that you brokers need to news to get, but you’ll end up in a grey zone where you’re not under the moral bar should go.”

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