MANCHESTER City have offered two players to UEFA as office administrators, in payment for their £49m fine.
Footballers Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, who would be given lifelong photocopying duties at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland, are thought to oppose the move which would damage their international careers.
The pair would join Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint Germain, who was also handed over to UEFA to clear a fine and is currently working as a car park attendant.
Football blogger Joseph Turner said: Football clubs increasingly see their players as cash assets and find them useful in settling urgent bills.
David Moyess severance settlement actually includes Rafael da Silva, and David Healy is still held by the Inland Revenue in Scotland in lieu of unpaid tax.
Though following Hernan Crespos landmark lawsuit against Chelsea, players can no longer be bisected to pay two separate debts. I believe hes still negotiating to get his legs back from Lazio.
The practice is even beginning to be used in the lower leagues, with QPR manager Harry Redknapp admitting this week that striker Bobby Zamora was taken away by bailiffs as payment for an unpaid gas bill of £439.
Redknapp said: To be fair, he was only part payment. We still owe about £200.