Further to our story titled “No Two Ways About It” which stated that a professional player cannot have ‘dual registration’ as advised by FIFA, who quoted their own regulations another radio station approached Football West, the game’s governing body in Western Australia to ask if the games the player concerned played in would now be void.
The response again showed a lack of understanding of the issue and simply appeared to confirm that the FFA had approved the dual registration.
Not satisfied with this response the presenter of Lets Talk Football, Eamon Duffy asked quite reasonably if this meant that the FFA had gone against FIFA rules.
Keith Wood the General Manager of Competitions and Operations, who is obviously not that up to speed with FIFA’s rules and regulations, responded by saying “I contacted FFA’s Legal Counsel (Regulatory) and they have no knowledge of any such specific instruction from FIFA to national associations, so I’m not sure where these reports that are circulating are originating from, but safe to say that from Football West’s point of view we’re unaware of anybody asking FIFA about dual registration and consequently no knowledge of a response from FIFA.”
This is simply incredible, surely Mr Wood does not mean that the FFA are waiting to be told what to do by FIFA? That is why FIFA produce a massive book of laws and regulations for member confederations so that they do not have to advise them, the onus is on the member nations to read these and make sure that they comply.
It is ludicrous to think that the FFA’s Legal counsel cannot be aware of The Regulations and Status of the Transfer of Players where it states quite clearly in section 5 par. 2 ‘a player may only be registered with one club at a time.’ In the same section of the regulations it also states that this rule applies to all member nations! As we stated in our original piece, “Article 1 par. 3a) states that the above provisions are binding at national level.”
How can this possibly be misconstrued? How can a legal counsel not understand such a ruling, when simple lay people such as us totally understand the meaning of these rules?
One has to ask if the FFA are not aware of, or fail to grasp the meaning of such a clause, how many other FIFA rules are being broken? Unlike the sport played predominantly in Australia the FFA do not have the power to make up their own rules, they are bound by the international rules as written by FIFA. These are here to protect them as an organisation, as well as players and clubs, they are there for the good of the game.