Soccer-Unpaid players stung for tax in Eastern Europe (Reuters)

By Brian Homewood NYON, Switzerland, July 8 (Reuters) – Footballers in several Eastern European countries are battling a bizarre situation where they are considered self-employed and have to pay tax even when clubs do not pay them, says world players’ union FIFPro. Players in the region continue to struggle to get paid on time, leaving them vulnerable to offers from match-fixers who can be relied upon to pay punctually, a FIFPro director told Reuters in an interview. “Sometimes, the only people who pay them on time are the match-fixers,” said FIFPro board member Dejan Stefanovic. …

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