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Football agents meet to discuss FIFA's efforts to clamp down

120 of the world's most powerful agents met on Thursday to discuss FIFA's attempts to clamp down on commisions paid by clubs.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic y su representante, Mino Raiola, antes de un partido.

120 of the most important football agents in world football met in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday. Amongst them were Jorge Mendes, Mino Raiola and Jonathan Barnett amongst many others. They are fighting the same fight as Barnett outlined recently.

They met to discuss whether to present a formal complaint about FIFA to the European Tribunal with the organisation planning to regulate agents' fees.

"FIFA have made decisions that will practically eliminate the market for half of the agents and haven't called any representatives to have a discussion," said Mike Miller, the president of the Association of Football Agents.

The intention by FIFA is to prevent the same agent representing two or more parties in a deal like Raiola did when he moved Paul Pogba to Manchester United. The Italian represented both Manchester United and the player and made €48 million from the deal.

As published by O Jogo, a recent study by FIFA shows that clubs paid agents over €2.5 billion in commision since 2013.