Euro Soccer Bosses & Players Union Sign New Deal
Agreement covers issues including players' rights and transfers
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Oct 12, 2007 11:11 AM CDT
UEFA President Michel Platini, right, and FIFPro (World Players' Union) President Philippe Piat, shake hands after they signed a memorandum of understanding in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007. Platini...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – European soccer's governing body UEFA and the players' union FIFPro signed an agreement Thursday covering areas such as contract transfers and players' rights of employment.  The deal should prevent another Bosman ruling, the landmark 1995 decision in which the European Court of Justice gave athletes more freedom to change clubs. 

FIFPro secretary-general Theo van Seggelen said, "We are confident that this agreement will lead to us sorting out any problems ourselves. If there is arbitration to be done, it will be based on this deal." Both parties also said that the world soccer regulator FIFA and its president, Sepp Blatter, wouldn't succeed in a campaign to get European pro clubs to reduce the number of foreigners on their squads.