FIFA has welcomed the stance taken by FIFPro in stressing respect for the world governing body’s statutes and decisions. FIFPro, the representative organisation for professional players, yesterday issued a statement on its official website emphasising that it is not supporting the actions of Swiss club FC Sion and describing this perception as a misinterpretation of a previous statement published earlier the same day.

FIFPro was keen to stress that it “fully supports the mechanism in order to solve disputes within the football family”. The statement added: “FIFPro endorsed the outcome of the discussions between FIFA and the European Commission leading to the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) in 2001 and never changed this approach.”

It concluded: “FIFPro does not support clubs or players that attempt to circumvent the FIFA Regulations and decisions taken on the basis of these regulations. It seems quite logical that parties involved will be sanctioned.”

The statement can be read in full by visiting the official FIFPro website, linked on the right.