The termination of the professional football player's contract in Uruguay 

The termination of the professional football player's contract in Uruguay 

In Uruguay, the main rule regulating the contractual relationship between football players and clubs is the “Estatuto del Futbolista Profesional Uruguayo” (EFPU- Uruguayan Professional Football Player Statue), a collective bargaining agreement signed by the Uruguayan Association of Professional Football Players (MUFP) and the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF). Let’s remind that also in Uruguay, the contract entered into by and between a professional football player and a club is a “sports employment contract,” which, for some people, is governed by the Labour Law, while for others, is governed by the Sports Law, as an autonomous branch of Law.

However, in our country, the EFPU, in general terms, goes along the same line as the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP), which primary focus is the employment contract and contractual stability or continuation.[1]

We may then identify three types of termination:

  • the termination of the contract by mutual consent;
  • the termination of the contract with just cause;
  • the termination of the contract without just cause.

They will each be analysed separately.

The termination of the contract by mutual consent

The possibility of terminating a contract by mutual consent is based on the principle of freedom of choice by the parties. If both parties come to an agreement, the contract may be terminated regardless of the conditions previously agreed upon. The will of...

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