JOHANNESBURG – Some of South Africa’s prominent football agents have denied any wrongdoing after it emerged late on Tuesday that they were embroiled in a bitter court battle with the Competition Commission, which is accusing them of “fixing prices and trading conditions”.
In an unexpected twist to a saga that began in March 2015 when the South African Football Association (Safa) – claiming to act on recommendations by Fifa – attempted to impose a 3 percent cap on the fee charged by these player agents, the Competition Commission said it had referred them to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution.
“I have no idea why this in now in the media because the matter is under sub judice and therefore we cannot say much about it,” said Arthur Dlamini, a lawyer representing the SA Football Intermediaries Association (SAFIA), which is a group of football agents.
“I am not sure what the charges are. The last time we were in court was in January, and this was an interrogation process where the Commission was trying to establish some facts. I am surprised that this is now in the public domain.”
More than two years ago, Safa president Danny Jordaan announced that there would be a new commission rule of 3 percent, one which prominent player agents in the country immediately spoke out against.