World football governing body, FIFA has slammed Egyptian Premier League side, Al Masry, for failure to pay Nigerian forward Jude Aneke’s transfer fee and ordered the club to pay the Nigerian $140,000 (N50.4m).
FIFA said in a letter communicated to the club that Aneke had convinced it that Al Masry acted in a manner unworthy of a club of its status by withholding his entitlements and threatened heavier sanctions including relegation should the club remain adamant in fulfilling their contractual obligations to the Nigerian.
A letter sent to the club revealed that a verdict passed by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), on 24th April 2017, indicted the club of violation of Act 64 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
It also ordered that the club settles the debt to Aneke within 60 days or the Nigerian forward can write to FIFA to deduct 6 points from the club’s domestic league haul from the ongoing season.
Al Masry had signed the player from Warri Wolves but was unable to pay his wages, prompting the club to seek other means of settling him.
Warri Wolves became impatient and reported Al Masry to FIFA in 2013 as they were ordered to fulfil their financial obligations but has since failed to do so.
In another development, Zamalek were also fined by FIFA for not paying their player,Alexis Enam Mendomo in 2013.
Alexis was said to have left the club in controversial circumstance after making 15 appearances.
A subsequent complaint from the player, has now forced a ruling in his favour by FIFA.