Fiorentina ‘can sue Salah’

An expert in sporting law warns Mohamed Salah is open to being sued by Fiorentina and cannot join Inter without Chelsea’s permission.

The Egypt international joined in January and the Viola activated their clause to extend that loan by another year, but Salah exercised his power of veto.

An expert in sporting law warns Mohamed Salah is open to being sued by Fiorentina and cannot join Inter without Chelsea’s permission.

The Egypt international joined in January and the Viola activated their clause to extend that loan by another year, but Salah exercised his power of veto.

Fiorentina argue he only did so after the deadline of June 30, therefore his veto is no longer valid and they are demanding he turn up for pre-season training.

“First of all we must ensure the validity of the clause contained in the private written contract,” legal expert Mattia Grassani told the Corriere dello Sport.

“If it was deposited with the Lega Serie A, it must be seen as valid and in that case the player can consider himself free from Fiorentina.

“If not, he must respect the contract he signed with Fiorentina. In that case, if he does not attend pre-season training, Salah would lose the right to retribution and could be sued for millions by the Viola.

“On top of all that, the player also risks a heavy sporting ban for failing to respect his contract. Deserting the squad ould cost the Egyptian very dearly, in every sense.”

Salah is eager to join Inter instead, but lawyer Grassani points out that is an incredibly complex situation.

“This is another crucial element, as nobody considers that Chelsea are involved here. The English club already received the €1m from Fiorentina to renew the loan to June 2016 and in any case remain the original holders of his contract.

“Therefore, if his renewal with Fiorentina were to be considered void, Salah would still not be free to choose his next squad. He would simply return to Chelsea.”

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