Sowetan is feeding soccer fans with misleading information without conducting a proper research about the meaning of “pre-contract” under FIFA Laws of the game/Bosman Rule.
The article said that Lehlohonolo Majoro is rumoured to have inked a pre-contract with Kaizer Chiefs' arch-rivals Orlando Pirates. This statement is very wrong and misleading. Orlando Pirates fans need not celebrate cheap and misleading victory.
According to the Bosman Rule recognized by FIFA Laws of the game “Players can only agree a pre-contract with another club for a free transfer if the players' contract with their existing club has six months or less remaining. For Majoro case, the appropriate time to sign pre-contract is starting on the 1st of January 2014.
Sowetan is wrong to publish false rumours of Majoro pre-contract with Pirates happening outside the 6 months of his contract. The rumour should have said Majoro accepted an intention to sign pre-contract this January 2014.
Orlando Pirates cannot violate the FIFA regulations by participating in unethical, unprofessional and illegal activity which is a punishable offense by FIFA. The pre-contract outside the last 6 months of the player in question is unlawful according to FIFA regulations/Bosman Rule.
The so called rumours of Majoro pre-contract is nothing but misleading information.
Know Your FIFA Regulations.
By Owen Mundalamo
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