The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have dismissed Kaizer Chiefs’ transfer ban appeal on Tuesday afternoon.
This means Chiefs will not be able to register new players in the current transfer window and the 2020/21 season’s second window in January.
The much-awaited news by the court in Lausanne‚ Switzerland came as Amakhosi were preparing to take on Chippa United in Tuesday night’s DStv Premiership encounter at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The two-window transfer ban was imposed on the Soweto giants by world football governing body FIFA early in February as the club was found guilty of having illegally signed Madagascar midfielder Ardriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana back in 2018.
Malagasy outfit Fosa Juniors lodged a complaint stating that Chiefs didn’t justifiably compensate them for the transfer of the box-to-box midfielder.
Chiefs signed Dax on a supposedly free transfer from Juniors as they were under the impression that the player was out of contract. But Fosa insisted he was still contracted to them for another two years and took the matter to FIFA who ruled in favour of the Malagasy club.
Dax was handed a four months ban and ordered to pay about R650 000 but has since served his sentence while at Black Leopards.
CAS released a brief statement on Tuesday on their official website which reads as follows:
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the appeal filed by the Malagasy player Andriamirado Aro Hasina Andrianamimanana (the Player) and the South African club Kaizer Chiefs FC (collectively, the Appellants), against the decision rendered by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) on 5 December 2019 (the Challenged Decision).
“In such decision, the FIFA DRC noted that the Player and Kaizer Chiefs entered into a new contract when the Player was still under contract with Fosa Juniors FC/Madagascar.
“Given these circumstances, the FIFA DRC concluded that the Player unilaterally terminated the Employment Contract with Fosa Juniors FC without just cause. As a consequence, the Player was ordered, together with Kaizer Chiefs FC, to jointly and severally pay a compensation of MGA 157’572’000 (approx. USD 40’000) to Fosa Juniors FC.
“In addition, a four-month period of ineligibility was imposed on the Player, and Kaizer Chiefs FC was banned from registering any new players either nationally or internationally for two entire and consecutive registration periods. The CAS Panel in charge of this matter has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Challenged Decision in its entirety.”
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