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- By MATT LAW­TON Chief Sports Re­porter Sports · Soccer · Soccer Business · The Football Association · Fulham F.C. · FC Barcelona · Barcelona · France · France national football team · Cote d'Ivoire · Portugal · Portugal national football team · Dave Matthews

ThE lawyer be­hind foot­ball’s Bos­man rul­ing has called on the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to in­ves­ti­gate Jean Michael seri’s trans­fer from Nice to Ful­ham last sum­mer, ac­cus­ing the Premier league club of play­ing an ‘ac­tive role’ in what he claims is a ma­nip­u­la­tion of the deal.

Jean-louis Dupont, who rep­re­sented Jean-Marc Bos­man in the case that rev­o­lu­tionised the trans­fer mar­ket in 1995, wrote to the FA’s com­pli­ance chief yes­ter­day de­mand­ing an in­quiry into a dou­ble trans­fer that also in­volved French full back Maxime le Marc­hand (right).

le Marc­hand and seri moved to Ful­ham for a com­bined fee of £25mil­lion, with French re­ports claim­ing only £10m was for the Ivo­rian mid­fielder who was at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Barcelona as well as lead­ing Premier league clubs.

Dupont says seri has al­ready be­gun le­gal pro­ceed­ings in France against Nice, on the grounds the French club un­der­val­ued him in or­der to avoid pay­ing a bonus. While Ful­ham wanted both play­ers, Nice set their re­spec­tive fees.

Ful­ham de­clined to com­ment last night and Nice deny the claim, hav­ing dis­missed re­ports that first emerged last month that seri’s for­mer clubs in the Ivory Coast and Por­tu­gal be­lieve they lost out on money due to them in sell-on pay­ments. Dupont is act­ing for the two clubs in the Ivory Coast, Cen­tre Do­moraud Cyrille and AsEC Mi­mosas, and yes­ter­day he wrote to the FA’s chief in­ves­ti­ga­tions of­fi­cer David Matthews re­quest­ing the gov­ern­ing body look into the al­le­ga­tions. ‘Cen­tre Do­moraud Cyrille and AsEC Mi­mosas be­lieve . . . that this ma­nip­u­la­tion could not have taken place with­out the ac­tive role of Ful­ham FC. It is Ful­ham FC that is the debtor of the sol­i­dar­ity fees to­wards the two African train­ing clubs. ‘Could you let us know if you are in a po­si­tion to in­ves­ti­gate these al­le­ga­tions? Our clients are con­vinced that your in­ter­ven­tion is not only nec­es­sary for them but also for the FA, if the FA is se­ri­ous about com­ply­ing with its le­gal com­mit­ments.’

 ?? REX ?? Doubts over deal: Seri (left) takes on Kante of Chelsea
REX Doubts over deal: Seri (left) takes on Kante of Chelsea
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