Dr. Ian Spiteri Bailey reply to MFA regarding former national team coaches
Former National football coaches John Buttigieg and Carmel Busuttil have written to the MFA to honour an agreement on payment due to them after their removal from their posts. They also called on the MFA to reverse the revocation of their coaching licences.
In their letter, signed by legal counsel Ian Spiteri Bailey that can be also found in the resources section of this website, stated that MFA claimed that the 2 coaches had violated its statute when they presented a judicial protest in the civil courts due to the following articles in the Malta Football Association statute:
MFA Statute Article 155 iii - Legal Action of the MFA Statute states: No body or person, who in any manner whatsoever falls under the jurisdiction of the MFA, may initiate any civil legal proceedings on matters relating to football or arising therefrom or connected therewith without the written permission of the Council or the Executive Committee. They pointed out that the MFA statute actually spoke on legal proceedings, and a judicial protest could not be described as legal proceedings.
MFA Statute Article 155 iv - When an offence envisaged in sub-clauses (ii) and (iii) is committed against the MFA itself or any MFA Council Member, the offender shall cease to belong to the Association as from the moment that the offence takes place.
Another reference was made to the FIFA regulations Article 64 - Obligations sub article 3 that states:
"The Associations shall insert a clause in their statutes or regulations, stipulating that it is prohibited to take disputes in the Association or disputes affecting Leagues, members of Leagues, clubs, members of clubs, Players, Officials and other Association Officials to ordinary courts of law, unless the FIFA regulations or binding legal provisions specifically provide for or stipulate recourse to ordinary courts of law. Instead of recourse to ordinary courts of law, provision shall be made for arbitration. Such disputes shall be taken to an independent and duly constituted arbitration tribunal recognised under the rules of the Association or Confederation or to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport).
The Associations shall also ensure that this stipulation is implemented in the Association, if necessary by imposing a binding obligation on its members. The Associations shall impose sanctions on any party that fails to respect this obligation and ensure that any appeal against such sanctions shall likewise be strictly submitted to arbitration, and not to ordinary courts of law".
A reference was then made by Dr. Ian Spiteri Bailey to FIFA regulation - Regulations on the status and Transfer of Players - article 22 that stipulates the following:
Without prejudice to the right of any player to seek redress before a civil court for employment-related issues , FIFA is competent to hear (c) employment related issues between a club or an association and a coach of in international dimension, unless an independent arbitration tribunal guaranteeing fair proceedings exists at national level. Regarding an independent arbitration tribunal guaranteeing fair proceedings Dr. Spiteri Bailey stated that it is difficult to consider the MFA Players and Coaches Complaint Board as independent and impartial as stipulated in the FIFA regulations.
Another important reference was made to the SION CASE where the following was stated:
Article 22 of the FIFA Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) - regulating the relationship between clubs and professional players are extremely important. Article 22 of the RSTP indicates that a player has the right to seek redress before a civil court for employment-related disputes. The background of this provision is a worker's general fundamental right to not be denied access to justice for judicial review of employment-related disputes. This aspect emerged in talks between FIFA and the European Commission and it is for this reason that this fundamental workers right has been recognized entirely justly by FIFA in its regulations.
In practice, players in several countries make use of this opportunity. In Brazil and Spain, it is quite normal for employment-law related disputes between clubs and players to be waged in an ordinary court. In some countries, Belgium for example, it is even prohibited to agree on an out-of-court settlement beforehand.
The disputed lodged by the six FC Sion players before the Swiss civil court was related to their right to employment. Since this really concerns the core of the labour agreement, they were fully entitled to submit their dispute to the civil court. FIFPro vice-president Philippe Piat stated "The suspension as it is, infringes the fundamental right of the players to go to an ordinary court. This suspension can therefore not be upheld."
The situation is different in case of non employment-related disputes. In this kind of cases no fundamental rights are at stake and, therefore, it is legally valid in these cases to determine that disputes must be solved with the framework of sports arbitration.
MFPA fully supports FIFPro vice-president Piat statement and hence this also applies to the local case of Mr. John Buttigieg and Mr. Carmel Busuttil. The suspension as it is, infringes the fundamental right of the players (coaches in this case) to go to an ordinary court.
The Malta Football Players Association serves as the exclusive collective bargaining representative for all current players affiliated with the Malta Football Association. Formed in March 2011, the Association ensures the protection of the rights of all football players playing in Malta while also promoting their best interests. MFPA is locally affiliated with SportMalta, recognised by the Malta Football Association and also registered with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations. Internationally MFPA is a full member of FIFPro which is the worldwide representative organisation for professional football players.
The following members form the current executive committee.
- Dr. Anthony Galea (President)
- Mr. Carlo Mamo (General Secretary)
- Mr. Konrad Sultana (Public Relations Officer)
- Mr. Mark Barbara (Deputy Secretary)
- Mr. Daniel Agius (Financial Officer)
- Mr. Gareth Sciberras (Executive Member)
- Dr. Malcolm Licari (Executive Member)
- Mr. Luke Zahra (Graphic Designer)
- Standard Contract For Professional Players Link above provides a standard contract for all professional players both full-time and part-time Date posted - 25th October 2015
- MFA Statute Link above provides MFA Statute Date posted - 7th October 2015 FIFA Statute 2015 Link above provides the 2015 FIFA Statute Date posted - 1st October 2015
- WADA Prohibited List 2015 Link above provides the 2015 prohibited list international standard Date posted - 13th April 2015
RegulationsNational Dispute Resolution Chamber Standard Regulations Link above provides National Dispute Resolution Chamber Standard Regulations Date posted - 1st February 2012 Circular 1010 Principles of constitution of NDRC Link above provides the Circular 1010 Principles of constitution of NDRC Date posted - 1st February 2012 FIFA Player Contract Minimum Requirements Link above provides FIFA Player Contract Minimum Requirements Date posted - 1st February 2012 FIFA Regulations For The Status And Transfer Of Players Link above provides FIFA Regulations On The Status And Transfer Of Players Date posted - 1st October 2015 Article 81 Of The European Commission Treaty Link above provides Article 81 Of The European Commission Treaty Date posted - 1st February 2012 Section IV Players Registered With Member Clubs Link above provides SectionIV - Players Registered With Member Clubs Date posted - 27th October 2015 Commentary on the FIFA Regulations For The Status And Transfer Of Players Link above provides Commentary on the FIFA Regulations For The Status And Transfer Of Players Date posted - 27th October 2015 RULES Governing the Procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber Link above provides RULES Governing the Procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber Date posted - 27th October 2015 Regulations National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) Standard Regulations Link above provides Regulations National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) Standard Regulations Date posted - 27th October 2015
- John Buttigieg and CarmelBusuttil Employment Case Link above provides the letter sent by Dr. Ian Spiteri Bailey regarding an employment dispute between MFA and John Buttigieg together with Carmel Busuttil Date posted - 10th February 2012
- Doping - Dr. David Attard Link above provides the presentation delivered by Dr. David Attard regarding doping Date posted - 13th April 2013
- Medical Insurance - Mr. Tonio Borg - Mediterranean Insurance Brokers Link above provides the presentation delivered by Mr. Tonio Borg regarding the medical sports insurance offered to players Date posted - 13th April 2013
- Sports Management Degree Link above provides the presentation delivered by Mr. Matthew Paris regarding the BA in Sports Management Degree offered to players Date posted - 13th April 2013
- Sports Integrity Link above provides the presentation delivered by Mr. Franz Tabone regarding Sports Integrity Date posted - 13th April 2013
- Nomination Form Link above provides the nomination form Date posted - 27th October 2015
MFPA Seminar April 2013
MFPA Election Form
* The above contracts are only templates and should be modified accordingly to your needs. These should be used only as a guideline and additional clauses may be added or removed from time to time or as per your requirements.
- Medical Insurance Claim Form Link above provides a claim form Date posted - 25th June 2012 Claims guide summmary Link above provides a claims guide summmary Date posted - 25th July 2012
- Medical Insurance Table of Benefits Link above provides the Medical Insurance Table of Benefits Date posted - 15th August 2012 MFPA membership Form Link above provides the MFPA membership form in case player is not already a member Date posted - 27th June 2012
- Medical Insurance Membership Form Link above provides the Medical Insurance Membership Form Date posted - 15th August 2012
Important insurance points
- Only MFPA members can purchase the medical insurance
- If you are not an MFPA member you will be required to fill in an MFPA form at MIB premises or else contact MFPA on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Physiotherapy is covered only post surgery
- Insurance covers only football related injuries sustained during official competitions, training and friendly matches.
- Treatment abroad is covered for up to 5000 euros.
- Direct settlement can be done when surgery is undergone in the following hospitals - St. James Hospitals, Da Vinci Hospital, St. Anne's Clinic, St. Marks Clinic.
- You are required to provide receipts when treatment is done abroad and it is important that treatment is pre-authorised by Citadel Health. Due payment will be made by Citadel within 6 working days
You may contact the Malta Football Players Association by sending an email to email@example.com or else fill in the form below. Make sure to check the FAQs as these are updated from time to time.
To join the Malta Football Players Association please fill in the form below.
Frequently Asked Qustions
- What is a football players association? It is a properly constituted and democratically elected organisation set up to represent the interests of it's members - the football players.
- What is the membership cost? There is no membership fee for amateur players i.e. players who do not receive any money from their respective club. Amateur players need only to fill in the form in the join us section and mark their status as amateur. The membership cost for full-time and part-time professionals for season 2015/2016 is also free.
- Who can join the Malta Football Players Association? All players who form part of the Malta Football Association can join the MFPA.
- What services am I entitled for if I join the Malta Football Players Association? The Malta Football Players Association together with Mediterranean Insurance Brokers has created a customized health insurance for footballers which will be offered to clubs and players at the beginning of the season. In addition the following issues and initiatives will also be addressed:
- at the end of his/her contract the player should have the right to leave the club without any transfer fee
- removal of remuneration maximum amount a player can receive per month - Achieved
- injury cover (medical insurance) - Achieved
- late payments - players are provided with free advice when having disputes with clubs. An MFPA representative will also represent the player at the NDRC
- social diaologue between MFPA, MFA and clubs
- the signing of a collective bargaining agreement between MFPA and MFA
- minimum requirements for players stated in the contract - Achieved
- any other issues that players have with their respective clubs
- Awards ceremony at the end of each season
- Training camp for out of contract players between June and July of each season
If you have any other questions please feel free to send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form which is available in the contact Us section