Étoile sign Coulibaly, Al Ahly release statement regarding player’s future
Etoile du Sahel have announced the signing of Souleymane Coulibaly on a free transfer following the termination of his contract with Partick Thistle.
The Ivorian forward featured for only 82 minutes during his time in Scotland, which led to the club to terminate his contract by mutual consent.
Coulibaly returned to Scotland after leaving Cairo giants Al Ahly in an extremely controversial fashion, and the ongoing legal cases that followed made him one of the most divisive figures in Egyptian football history.
Back in June 2017, the 24-year-old left Al Ahly without notifying the club and as a result, Al Ahly board filed a complaint against Coulibaly for fleeing Egypt, four months after joining the Reds.
And the FIFA Dispute Settlement Court ruled that Coulibaly has to pay a fine of $1.4 million and if he fails to do so he will not be allowed to join or sign for any other club.
The Ivorian international then filed an appeal against the ruling, however, the player lost the appeal and now he has to pay the fine in order to get registered by the Tunisian side.
Following the transfer announcement, Al Ahly have released a statement, revealing that Coulibaly has until June 24 to pay his fine and if he fails to do so, he will be banned by FIFA from all football-related activities.
The Reds added that they have received an official letter from FIFA that confirm the validity of the fine, and that the decision is final as the player’s appeal has been rejected before.
During his time at Al Ahly, Souleymane Coulibaly made 12 appearances for the Reds, scoring six goals as they won the domestic double.
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