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Ghanaian teenage prodigy Moses Odjer freed from slave Chievo contract in Italy

Published on: 24 February 2014
Moses Odjer has been freed from his contract with Chievo Verona

Ghana's talented U17 midfielder Moses Odjer has been freed from a slave contract riddled with several serious abuses of the minor's rights by Italian side Chievo Verona, can exclusively reveal.

The 17-year-old, who excelled at the recent U20 World Cup in Turkey, was poached by Chievo and the Italians violated as many as NINE transfer laws to sign the talented player.

There is no signing date at all on the pre-contract and by law, a contract for an U18 player can only be a maximum of three years but the deal for Odjer is for five years.

The talented youngster has now left the Italian club and he is currently with a big team in one of the top leagues of Europe, can reveal.

Lawyers representing the teenage prodigy have fired Chievo's sporting director Giovanni Sartori with the list of violations on the player's rights which has resulted in the decision to cancel the contract, insiders have told Ghana's leading football news outlet.

Sartori has not responded to the allegations by the lawyers of the player that Chievo broke multiple FIFA regulations as laid out in the “Regulations On The Status And Transfer Of Players".

They also accused Chievo of failing to meet FIFA's requirement for the transfer of minors while the 36,000 Euros remuneration to be paid for the 2013/2014 season to the parents of the player has not been done.

FIFA laws prohibit players under the age of 18 to be paid directly by the club.

This as well as some other violations have resulted in the decision to cancel the contract but Chievo have not responded to these allegations one month after they were served with the letter stating the violations.

Chievo risk being in serious trouble with FIFA if they are proven to have committed such violations which could result in bans or fines or both.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has championed the fight against the exploitation of minors in Europe and this revelation could lead to serious consequences for the club.

The 17-year-old was rated as one of the best talents during the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey last year.

Odjer was scouted by European giants Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain for his abundant talent but signed a pre-contract agreement with Chievo before the 2013 African Youth Championships in March.

Tema Youth, the club he played for in Ghana, seriously contested his signing by Chievo and asked the Ghana Football Association to intervene in the case.


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • Alton Gordon says:
    February 24, 2014 06:25 pm
    The problem with us as a people and a race is that we NEVER EVER learn from past mistakes,thus we continue to repeat them over and over again and thus we continue to remain in a perpetual state of poverty and backwardness.How many times have the likes of Lamptey and sooooooo many others warned these players,their parents and handlers-clubs and so-called agents-to be very careful about signing of contracts with overseas clubs,even the Arab clubs in North Africa but no,they never listen.I remember that even the great Abede was conned by his then agent who signed him to 1860 Munchen when he,Abede,thought that he was on his way to Bayern!!! The G.F.A. is there lads use them and if they aren't enough GET A LAWYER TO REVIEW THESE SO-CALLED CONTRACTS BEFORE YOU SIGN THEM!!!
  • Olembe says:
    February 24, 2014 05:51 pm
    Who led him to sign tht contract?. Hmm, I know tht a certain man ill come and defend himself jux bcos he's media friendly. God is watching all of us. This same thg happened to Ahmed Baruso.
  • Assemblyman says:
    February 24, 2014 05:03 pm
    this is good news.this reminds me of the past with similar experiences suffered by odartey lamptey,sammy kuffour and co.but all should be blamed on poverty and parental influences on some of these mistakes suffered by these young players.should there be better sponsorship and regulations on transfers working within our football leagues.i think some of these mistakes would have been avoided in terms of younger players being rushed overseas for greener pastures.instead they will stay to mature and excite the soccer fans before going out overseas.