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"It is more accurate to say that the player is linking himself, only inside Lebanon, to a club for life," Mahmoud Nattour, an attorney and the former secretary-general of Ansar SC, told The Daily Star.He added that a Lebanese player can technically play anywhere he wants, as long as it's outside Lebanon and the contract is not registered with the Lebanese Football Association. Lebanon is technically allowed to make its own rules and as such the Lebanese FA is in the process of modernizing the contracts between both players and clubs.After a number of Lebanese players traveled overseas to sign with foreign teams in the last 10 years, many domestic clubs started committing key players with contracts for squad players to follow."Once the contract is registered with the federation, FIFA can come down hard on the FA and penalize us if the contract is not respected," Haidar said.Meanwhile for the young 18-year-old player, as his contract is not registered with the Lebanese FA, he is technically able to sign in Europe without waiting for an International Transfer Certificate and would only face issues if he returned to Lebanon and played for a different club. However, the issue of long-term contracts is also detrimental for the clubs in the long run.
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