(Xinhua/Han Yan)
The SA Football Intermediaries Association (Safia), a representative body of sports agents who manage soccer players and coaches, has scored an own goal in lodging a complaint with the Competition Commission against the SA Football Association (Safa). 

The commission reported it had referred Safia and 36 of its members to the Competition Tribunal for the fixing of prices and trading conditions. 

Safia’s complaint lodged in July 2015 followed Safa in May of the same year seeking to regulate the affairs of football agents by reducing the 10 percent commission to 3 percent. 

Safia blocked this through a court interdict and in its complaint to the commission alleged the 3 percent cap on commission introduced by Safa constituted the fixing of an agent’s fee in contravention of the Competition Act. But the commission decided in December 2015 not to prosecute Safa but to launch a probe into Safia. 

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