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Volume: 15 Issue: 12
(December 2017)

from bosman brexit what next eppp compensation football november bbc radio 5 aired investigation child footballers trapped

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From Bosman to Brexit: What next for EPPP and compensation in football?

In November, BBC Radio 5 aired an investigation into ‘the child footballers trapped by eye watering transfer deadlocks and whose careers are held to ransom by some of the game’s biggest clubs.’ In this article, Dan Chapman, Partner and Head of Sport at Leathes Prior, who contributed to the BBC Radio 5 investigation, sets out the concerns relating to claims that youth football players are being barred from joining a new club due to the ‘compensation payments’ demanded by their old club under the Elite Player Performance Plan (known as the EPPP), considers the merits to a potential legal challenge to the EPPP system, and sets out possible alternatives for finding a fair balance between the interests of the club and the player.

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