Chelsea: ‘Fiorentina extorted money’

by | Jul 1, 2017 08:32

Fiorentina lost their final appeal for compensation over the Mohamed Salah transfer to Roma and Chelsea accused to Viola of “trying to extort large sums of money.”

Salah had been on loan at Fiorentina with an option to extend for another year when he refused to attend pre-season training, instead forcing through a sale to Roma in 2015.

The Tuscans accused the Egypt international of breach of contract, but lost a series of appeals, including the final stage at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Fiorentina lost their final appeal for compensation over the Mohamed Salah transfer to Roma and Chelsea accused to Viola of “trying to extort large sums of money.”

Salah had been on loan at Fiorentina with an option to extend for another year when he refused to attend pre-season training, instead forcing through a sale to Roma in 2015.

The Tuscans accused the Egypt international of breach of contract, but lost a series of appeals, including the final stage at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“CAS has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the decision issued by the FIFA dispute resolution chamber on May 26, 2016 (FIFA DRC) in which Fiorentina's claim for compensation of Euros 32 million was rejected.

“The CAS panel found that the player did not breach the employment agreement by returning to Chelsea FC after June 30, 2015 and that Chelsea FC did not induce the player to terminate the employment agreement without just cause.

“Accordingly, it dismissed the appeal and confirmed the FIFA DRC decision.”

Chelsea did not hold back after the verdict and their spokesman said Fiorentina “acted in bad faith in bringing a claim which was totally unfounded.

"We are pleased that the CAS panel came to the same conclusion, with Fiorentina's case rejected in full and costs awarded to Chelsea and the player.

"We look forward to the full decision being published so that everyone can see the lengths that Fiorentina were prepared to go to in order to extort large sums of money from Chelsea and the player."

Salah left Roma last month for Liverpool in a deal worth €42m plus €8m bonuses.

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