Unpaid footballers still a burning issue in Russia

The interesting RFN Top 50 footballers of 2017 merited a discussion before we went on air on last night. It was close to midnight when we reached the TV studio and while Quincy Promes wouldn't have made any of our top 5, I pointed out that Yann M'Vila was in at 40. I joked we could do a top 50 unpaid footballers list. If not for RFN, the plight of the Frenchman would have been totally ignored by foreign media. Currently, from being cheated by former club Dinamo Moscow he's now getting done over … [Read more...]

Fake News is not Good News – Russia and FIFPro

A few days after FIFPro, the international union for professional football players, unveiled the "Biggest ever football survey", I met with the President and CEO of Russia's legal Footballers Union (ARFPU), Alexander Zotov. It was on the sidelines of a Sponsorship in Sports Forum and despite the bling and jazz of stars and big hitters in the Hilton, the most interesting story came from Roman Shirokov and Zotov. We will recall the issues surrounding the 2 footballers unions in Russia. One … [Read more...]

A Union of One – Russian Footballers Union

  The original (shorter form) of this article appeared in print 06.06.16, this online edition includes relevant links. Some weeks ago the proverbial cat was put among the pigeons. As is known to anyone who can a) read English, b) watch Russian football or c) read the many reports from FIFPro on outrageous crimes against local footballers, all is not well with the wacky world of Russian football. Yet there is far more that goes on that the wider world and authorities don't know … [Read more...]