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Wednesday, 22nd April 2009
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Japan to 'scrap transfer fees'

Japan's national football league is set to scrap transfer fees for out-of-contract players.

The move, which will come into effect from the close season in 2010, has been approved by the executive committee of the J League and will go before a meeting of the Japan Football Association board of directors in June.

Representative of J League football players have been calling for the rules to be abolished.

Currently, transfer fees in the league are based on the age of a player if they are under the 30 years old.

J League chief secretary Hideyuki Hanyu said minor problems in renewing players' contracts will be reviewed.

He told ESPN Star Sports: "If the move gets the rubber stamp, players out of contract at the end of the season will be able to transfer under the new regulations."

In related news, Japan recently moved a step closer to qualifying for the 2010 Fifa World Cup after beating Bahrain 1-0.

Written by Mark Smith