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Arsenal defeats FIFA in court over sell-on clauses

by Naija News 247

Arsenal have defeated FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Naija News 247 reports.

CAS ruled in favour of the Gunners over a dispute with FIFA regarding sell-on clauses.

The Premier League club inserted clauses into the transfer deals when they sold Chuba Akpom to PAOK and Joel Campbell to Froisnone in 2018, which proved to be controversial.

Sell-on clauses are standard, but Arsenal included larger percentages if the players were sold back to British clubs.

Naija News 247 gathered that, Arsenal would receive 30 per cent of any fee PAOK received for Akpom, but 40 per cent if he was sold to a British club, while the figures were 25 per cent and 30 per cent for a British club in Campbell’s case.

It was relevant for Akpom as he was sold to Middlesbrough for £2.25m, while Campbell moved to Mexico with Leon.

FIFA were not happy about these clauses believing they handed Arsenal influence over the buying clubs’, stating: ‘The mere existence of these clauses, Frosinone and PAOK FC are influenced by Arsenal in employment and transfer-related matters.’

Arsenal were handed a £34,000 fine and warned about their future conduct by FIFA.

However, that decision has now been overturned by CAS, who ruled that Arsenal did not gain any influence over either club and they no longer have to pay the fine.

The CAS ruling read: ‘All in all, and based on the wording of the Sell-on Clauses and the circumstances of these particular transfers, the Panel on a balance of probabilities is not convinced that Arsenal, when entering into Contract 1 and/or Contract 2, acquired the ability to materially influence the other Clubs in employment and transfer-related matters, their policies or the performance of their teams.

‘Moreover, and even if such influence was to be considered acquired when signing the respective contracts, quod non, the Panel finds, in these two transfers, that such influencer did not reach the required threshold to potentially unduly limit the independence of the Clubs.’

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