FULL STORY: FIFA bans Dax, punishes Chiefs too

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World football controlling body FIFA has banned Black Leopards midfielder ‘Dax’ for 4 months.

This relates to his move to Kaizer Chiefs in 2018, which was disputed by Dax’s former club, Fosa Juniors, who took the matter to FIFA and won the case this week.

FARPost is in possession of FIFA’s letter…

CHIEFS’S PUNISHMENT…

According to FIFA, “Chiefs shall be banned from registering players, either nationally or internationally, for the next two entire and consecutive registration periods.”

It all started when Chiefs announced they had signed the Madagascan international in 2018, but Dax’s former club Fosa Juniors claimed the player still belonged to them and were entitled to a transfer fee.

Fosa Juniors stated that Dax was contracted to them until 2020.

But it appeared Chiefs had won the case when they unveiled Dax in early August 2018, and released a statement stating that, “Kaizer Chiefs’ attacking midfielder Andriamirado ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana has provisionally been cleared to play for Amakhosi by FIFA’s Players’ Status Committee.

“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.”

However, Fosa, it turns out, pursued the matter and have won the case, as stated in FIFA’s letter.

Chiefs released Dax in August 2019 and he moved to Black Leopards.

But the matter between Chiefs, Dax and Fosa Juniors was still continuing at FIFA, who have issued a sanction and found both Chiefs and Dax guilty.

“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.”

The amount above is an equivalent of R648 264 in South African currency, the rand.

“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,” reads the letter from FIFA.

As things stand, Dax will not be able to play for Leopards for the next 4 months.

The parties involved – Fosa Juniors, Chiefs and Dax – are yet to comment.

Chiefs and Dax have 21 days to appeal.

By Ofhani Munyai and Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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