CAS confirm decision to fine Souleymane Coulibaly
Egyptian giants Al Ahly have received an official letter from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirming they rejected the appeal presented by Souleymane Coulibaly against decision to fine the player 1.4 million USD after fleeing the club.
Al Ahly board had filed a lawsuit against the Ivory Coast international and the FIFA Dispute Settlement Court ruled that he has to pay a fine of $1.4 million and if he fails to do so he is not allowed to join or sign for any other club.
However, Coulibaly signed for Scottish side Partick Thistle FC on a one-year deal and was only registered by the club at the beginning of October after he obtained FIFA clearance.
He lodged an appeal against the ruling but it was rejected by CAS according to Al Ahly’s legal consultant Helmy Abdel-Razek.
“The appeal against the player’s sanction to pay 1.4 million USD as a fine has been turned down,” Abdel-Razek said.
“Therefore the CAS decision becomes definitive and Coulibaly has to pay the fine in person or to be paid by the club interested in registering him.”
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