Marrakech (Reuters) – World players’ union FIFPro has warned members not to sign for clubs in Serbia because they run the risk of not getting paid.
FIFPro and the Serbian Players’ Association (SPFN) said that eight of the 16 teams in the top flight have had their accounts blocked by the Serbian national bank and could not play players and other employees.
“We hate to do this but it is our job to protect the players,” FIFPro secretary general Theo van Seggelen said in a statement.
“Players haven’t been paid for months and encounter serious financial problems. Clubs are on the verge of going bankrupt.
“On top of that, I received the shocking news that one of the clubs totally disrespects players’ rights and even allows hooligans to threaten their players.”