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Arsenal and FIFA set for Court showdown over transfer fines

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Arsenal and FIFA are heading to a showdown in the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the Gunners were fined for clauses included in the players’ contracts when they were sold.

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It’s a relatively small fine of £33,000 that FIFA has imposed on the North London side, but the club has chosen to appeal and the case will be heard on Tuesday, March 16, the Sun reports.

 

The world football governing body ruled that the sale clauses in the contracts were equal to third party ownership, as Arsenal retained their influence on future transfers.

 

Arsenal sold Chuba Akpom to PAOK and Joel Campbell to Frosinone in 2018, with sales clauses in their two new contracts.

 

They would receive 30 percent of any future Akpom transfers from PAOK, unless he went to a British club when he would increase to 40 percent.

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The same clause was in Campbell’s contract, but it was 20% and it went up to 30%.

While the Premier League and the FA do not believe any rules have been broken, FIFA disagrees and the Court of Arbitration for Sport will decide on the matter next week.

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Campbell has not returned to these shores and is currently playing for León in Mexico, but Akpom returned to Great Britain, signing for Middlesbrough in 2020 for £2.75 million, of which Arsenal could claim 40 per cent.

 

 

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