Leeds United correspondent Adam Pope has suggested the Whites could be handed a transfer embargo in updates on the Jean-Kevin Augustin case.
The Lowdown: Hearing completed
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) heard the appeal involving Leeds and RB Leipzig regarding the forward, who now plays for Nantes, on Tuesday.
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The Whites appealed FIFA’s verdict after they were ruled they must honour their obligation to buy agreement for the French forward during the club’s promotion-winning season.
Pope revealed on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that a hearing has been completed and a verdict is awaited, which could take up to a few months.
The Latest: Pope’s post
Before Pope’s post on the hearing being completed, he made a claim on the BBC website on Tuesday morning. [March 15, 09:15]
He said Leeds were told by FIFA that a first instalment had to be paid – with interest backdated to October 2020, with failure to pay the relevant amounts possibly resulting in a transfer embargo.
The Verdict: Fingers crossed
Leeds appear to be arguing that financial restrictions caused by the pandemic meant they could not meet the fee, while also pointing out that they didn’t win promotion until July, with paperwork for Augustin running until the end of May. [BBC]
Should Leeds be unsuccessful in their appeal, the club will be keeping everything crossed that they aren’t hit with a transfer embargo in what will be Jesse Marsch’s first window as manager.
You’d like to think that the Whites would pay the three instalments for the striker if they lose their appeal instead of taking it even further, but only time will tell regarding the result and the possibility of any embargo.
In other news, one key Leeds player has been linked with another Premier League club. Read more here.
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