In the Barcelona there is some concern with Gerard Piqué, involved in different controversies and increasingly involved in opening new business fronts outside his profession as a footballer. The Barça coach Xavi Hernandez, He has already given him his impressions for next season and has told him that he does not have him as a starter. Regarding the footballer’s business, the club’s hands are tied since it cannot set limits as long as “the adequate life regimen” is complied with.
The last few weeks have been some of the most hectic in the life of Gerard Piquéinvolved in different controversial issues due to his recent separation from Shakira after more than a decade of relationship. The Barça center-back spends a large part of his time expanding his business at the head of Cosmosan issue that generates some suspicion in the Barcelona and on which they have already tried to draw attention to him on occasion.
It is a complicated issue that opens the debate on whether a particular club or coach can limit the extra-sports activity of their player. Toni Roca, CEO of the Sports Law Institute and from the office specializing in football Himnu, explains that “a club or the coach of a football team cannot punish a player with explicit sanctions for carrying out economic activities beyond his profession on the field of play.”
Barcelona could only limit its business activity if this was included in the contract signed by Pique with the Barça entity. “In the case of Barcelona We don’t have Piqué’s contract, but contracts leaked to public opinion such as Neymar’s or Messi’s can be taken as a guide. It is to understand that, in this type of questions, they will not be different from the one that Piqué has. These types of clauses are usually standard. You can change the text, but not the essence”, says the specialist.
The ‘proper lifestyle’
According to Roca, most contracts contain a series of provisions that have to do with the ‘adequate life regimen’. “These are clauses that establish that there will be an exclusive dedication, unless expressly authorized by the club. But then they expand that this authorization is not necessary when such activities are ‘compatible with the practice of professional football (…) or with the locker room instructions,’ “says Roca.
The possibility of vetoing “activities that restrict the necessary physical rest” is contemplated, aspects in which Xavi Yes, I would have the hand to put limits on Gerard Piqué or other players in the case of attending television programs or events at night, or events that interfere with the normal training schedule. But beyond that, Piqué could act freely.
“Beyond specific vetoes of this type, Piqué’s business activity cannot be legally restricted. The footballers’ own contract allows them to engage in other activities, as long as they are compatible with the practice of football -as is the case with Piqué’s business- and neither affect their rest, nor harm the image of the footballer or the club ”, Rock concludes.