Chiefs ap­peal Fifa rul­ing

COURT: TAK­ING TRANS­FER WIN­DOW BAN TO CAS

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Kaizer Chiefs have con­firmed that they will be ap­peal­ing to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS), against the de­ci­sion by world foot­balling body Fifa to ban them from regis­tra­tion of play­ers for two trans­fer win­dows, af­ter his for­mer side Fosa Ju­niors lodged a com­plaint with Fifa over Amakhosi’s sign­ing of Mala­gasy in­ter­na­tional Adri­ami­rado “Dax” An­dri­a­na­ri­manana in 2018.

“The Club and the player have re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from the Fifa Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee con­cern­ing the Mala­gasy player Adri­ami­rado Aro Hasina An­dri­a­na­ri­manana,” read a state­ment yes­ter­day on the Chiefs of­fi­cial web­site.

“Kaizer Chiefs will lodge an ap­peal be­fore the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport in ac­cor­dance to ar­ti­cle 58 par. 1 of the Fifa statutes.”

Fifa an­nounced the de­ci­sion to ban Chiefs on Sun­day.

“Chiefs shall be banned from reg­is­ter­ing play­ers, ei­ther na­tion­ally or in­ter­na­tion­ally, for the next two en­tire and con­sec­u­tive regis­tra­tion pe­ri­ods,” they said in a state­ment.

“The world football’s gov­ern­ing body’s sin­gle judge de­cided to au­tho­rise Safa to pro­vi­sion­ally reg­is­ter the player for its af­fil­i­ated club, Kaizer Chiefs with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. Re­spon­dent I, An­dri­ami­rado Aro Hasina An­dri­a­na­ri­manana, is or­dered to pay to the claimant, within 30 days as from the date of no­ti­fi­ca­tion of this de­ci­sion, com­pen­sa­tion for breach of con­tract in the amount of MGA 157 572 000 plus 5% in­ter­est p.a from 11 De­cem­ber 2018 un­til the date of ef­fec­tive pay­ment. Re­spon­dent II, Kaizer Chiefs FC, is jointly and sev­er­ally li­able for the pay­ment of the afore­men­tioned com­pen­sa­tion.

“In the event that the afore­men­tioned amount plus in­ter­est is not paid within the stated time limit, the present mat­ter shall be sub­mit­ted upon re­quest, to the Fifa Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion and a for­mal de­ci­sion.”

Chiefs have been given 21 days to lodge an ap­peal, but if they are un­suc­cess­ful it would be a se­ri­ous blow to their chances of im­prov­ing their squad, for what looks likely to be par­tic­i­pa­tion in next sea­son’s Caf Cham­pi­ons League. Chiefs are cur­rently seven points clear at the top of the Absa Premiershi­p.

There is some con­fu­sion over Fifa’s de­ci­sion, as it was they who gave Chiefs clear­ance to sign Dax in Septem­ber 2018, af­ter Fosa Ju­niors claimed he had a con­tract with them, while Chiefs be­lieved he was a free agent.

‘We feel vin­di­cated and are happy the mat­ter has been re­solved. What’s im­por­tant for us is that the player can now fo­cus on his football and do­ing well for us,” said Chiefs football man­ager Bobby Mo­taung at the time.

The sign­ing didn’t re­ally work out for Chiefs as Dax made just 14 league and cup ap­pear­ances for the club, scor­ing two goals, be­fore leav­ing for Black Leop­ards this sea­son. His ca­reer is also un­der threat now, as he has been banned from play­ing for four months by Fifa, as part of the same Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee de­ci­sion handed down by Fifa.

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