Tigres president Alejandro “Inge” Rodríguez has refused to criticize the controversial “Gentleman’s Pact” (Pacto de Caballeros), but claims the club would not have a problem if the unwritten rule was scrapped.
The informal agreement has been in place for around 15 years. It aims to protect Mexican clubs’ that have invested time and money in developing homegrown talent by removing players’ freedom of movement at the end of their contract. Instead, a compensation deal must still be struck between a player’s old club and new club.
It was widely assumed Tigres invoked the pact in the battle over Alan Pulido’s move to Chivas, but Inge insists it’s not true.
“They treat the pact as an injustice, but it is a protection, both for the player and for a club”, he said.
“We have never used it. When people use the example of Pulido they are wrong; it’s very simple, he had a contract with us.
“Whether [the pact] disappears or not, we have no problem”, he concluded.