A working group with members of the Players' Union, the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), the Portuguese Football Federation and the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) met today to discuss illegal immigration in football.
On the table was a proposal from the union to hold the head of a sports club or society responsible "for the unlawful situation in which the athletes are employed," the union said in a statement.
The "growing number of young players exploited" leads to this body to take more action in the field, beyond that sports agents are limited "to observe and wait for the inspection action of the SEF," said Joaquim Evangelista, quoted in the document.
In June 2015, the SEF signed a protocol of cooperation with the other bodies that today sat down to the table, with the objective of "supervising and fighting situations of illegal footballers in Portugal", and the new meeting of the group follows several cases that have been reported in the media in recent weeks.
SEF figures on soccer players in the country's illegal situation reached 129 in 2018, a significant increase compared to 2017, in which there were 59 cases.