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I Signed Slave Contracts At Auxerre, Inter –Taribo


Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West has warned young footballers against signing slave contracts , which he revealed he was a victim of , during his early European career .

Taribo joined French Ligue 1 side Auxerre from domestic league side Julius Berger in a highly celebrated move in 1993.

But 25 years later , the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games gold medallist revealed that he had a hellish time at Auxerre having signed a contract without knowing the details .

This he added , also affected him , when he made another high -profile move from the French side to Italian giants Inter Milan in 1997 .

“I played in Auxerre for ( almost) free . I was playing under a contract for five years without knowing the contents and conditions binding the contract , ” Taribo stated during Footballers Connect , an event aimed at bridging the gap between young footballers , professionals and ex -internationals.

“After the third year , Arsenal , Juventus , Glasgow Rangers , Sevilla and Betis came for me. I went to the coach stating that I wanted to leave but he sat me down , showed me my contract terms with Auxerre .

I saw the details of what I had signed. Where my fellow defenders were earning as high as 120 , 000 French Francs , I was going home with 3000 French Francs .

“I wanted to set Auxerre on fire that day . Immediately , I called my manager , who was turning me left and right ( while ) enjoying himself in Senegal.

“One day I went to see my coach after training where I met a certain manager who told me that about five clubs were interested in signing me. On the table I saw Arsenal , Juventus , Glasgow Rangers , Sevilla and Inter Milan .

He began to make calls and Inter was the destination , I signed the contract papers without knowing its content yet again . ”

In an interview with The PUNCH , Taribo stated that he had used his experiences to guide young African footballers , who would jump at the bait of European football without considering the negative consequences .

“Most young Africans sign contracts they don ’ t know about because they are desperate to play in Europe . I didn ’ t know too . They need to have lawyers ; that ’ s why the big players use their fathers or brothers as their agents these days . I didn ’ t know all these during my time .

The first and second managers I had in Europe were the same. It was when I left my second manager that things got better for me . I don ’ t want our present generation of young players to fall victim too , ” Taribo added .

“Many Nigerian players of my era passed through the same torture but they hide it from the public , they don ’ t want to talk so that the young players can learn from them.

Source;  https://punchng.com/i-signed-slave-contracts-at-auxerre-inter-taribo/


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