FIFA clears Chelsea, Salah of breaking contract rules

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has cleared Chelsea and Mohamed Salah of breaking contract rules when the Egypt midfielder joined Roma on loan.

FIFA says its disputes panel rejected a complaint filed by Fiorentina after Salah joined Roma on a season-long deal last August.

Fiorentina claimed it had an agreement with Chelsea to extend Salah’s stay. He had spent part of the previous season on loan at the Italian club.

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FIFA says Fiorentina was told of the verdict on Wednesday, and will be given reasons at a later date.

In breach of contract cases, FIFA can apply sanctions of four-month bans for players and one-year bans on clubs registering new players.