FIFA has handed French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes a 16-month transfer ban over a disputed acquisition.
UAE club Al Nasr brought a complaint to the governing body following their claim that forward Ismael Bangoura breached his contract by signing with Nantes.
FIFA concurred that Nantes incited the Guinea international (pictured, right) to break his Al Nasr contract, and they barred Nantes from acquiring any players until the end of next season.
The club appealed the decision but it was turned down by Switzerland’s Supreme Court.
Due to the dispute, Bangoura was suspended by FIFA for four months, which he served during a loan spell at Qatari club Umm-Salal.
With USMNT international Alejandro Bedoya on the books at Nantes and his playing time somewhat diminished in recent weeks, it will be interesting to see if Bedoya chooses to stay through the embargo or leave with the intentions of finding another more stable club.
Nantes begun the Ligue 1 season strong but have stumbled down into 15th position. However, it seems they are well out of the relegation battle, with Nantes nine points clear of 18th-placed Valencienne.
Bangoura was formerly with Rennes in Ligue 1 for a season, making him teammates with Carlos Bocanegra at the time.
Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.
The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.
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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.
From the BBC:
No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.
There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.
This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.
It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.
Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.
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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.
From the BBC:
Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.
“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.
Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.
Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.