Sao Paulo - The Brazilian Football Confederation says it will strip points from Brazilian league teams that don't pay players' salaries on time.
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The confederation says clubs that fail to make payments may lose three points for each match played while salaries are owed. The teams would keep losing points for as long as the debts persist.
Players will be entitled to denounce their clubs when payment delays reach 30 days.
The rule approved this week is the first of its kind affecting the Brazilian league, where some of the top clubs have endured serious financial difficulties in recent years.
Traditional clubs Santos and Botafogo recently faced lawsuits from players demanding payments. Some players were allowed by the courts to terminate their contracts and seek other clubs.