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Court rules in favour of DeAndre Yedlin as US clubs fight for cash

5 years ago

DeAndre Yedlin has found himself caught up in cash row as the FIFA administration comes into conflict with US laws.

A class action lawsuit was filed by three youth clubs in America against the MLS Players Union, as well as DeAndre Yedlin, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.

A US District Court has dismissed the class action lawsuit but the clubs are still hoping to get satisfaction and cash, after taking their case to FIFA’s dispute resolution chamber, as well as continuing to fight the case in the US courts.

The dispute is all about clubs getting ‘training compensation and solidarity fees’ for developing players who then move on to play professional football.

The US Soccer Federation says that clubs can’t collect such compensation because of the laws in America, with Crossfire Premier who developed DeAndre Yedin as a young player, understandably feeling hard done by when they can’t collect the cash that clubs in England and elsewhere pick up if young players leave to play elsewhere.

FIFA are yet to come back with their decision from the Dispute Resolution Chamber.


‘A class action lawsuit filed by three youth clubs against the MLS Players Union, as well as players Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and DeAndre Yedlin has been dismissed by order of the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

In dismissing the suit, the court ruled that it lacked personal jurisdiction over the MLSPU and specific jurisdiction over the players involved.

The original class action lawsuit — filed last July by Redmond, Wash.-based Crossfire Premier, the Chicago Sockers, and the Dallas Texans — aimed to settle the question of whether FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) are legal in the U.S., and whether the youth clubs in question can then recoup training fees for the players it developed who later become professionals. At one point, Bradley played for the Chicago Sockers, Dempsey for the Dallas Texans, and Yedlin for Crossfire Premier.

RSTP stipulates that training compensation is charged when a player signs his or her first pro contract and there is a change of national association, while solidarity payments are collected when a player is transferred before the expiration of their contract, and there is a change of national association.

The U.S. Soccer Federation, citing U.S. law, has long forbidden U.S. youth clubs from collecting training compensation and solidarity fees, and MLS has followed their lead. Specifically, the concern is that implementing RSTP in the U.S. could result in a restraint of trade and thus violate U.S. anti-trust law.

In a bid to collect the fees they feel are owed them, the three clubs have taken their case to FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), and are awaiting a decision. Meanwhile, they are also moving to establish the system’s legality in the U.S.’

DeAndre Yedlin is currently out injured and will miss Newcastle’s match on Saturday against Wigan.


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