Leeds United correspondent Adam Pope has provided a final update on the club’s appeal over Jean-Kevin Augustin.
The Lowdown: 48 minutes
The French forward arrived at Elland Road in January 2020 on a loan deal, which included an obligation to buy should the Whites earn promotion to the Premier League.
Augustin only played 48 minutes for Leeds, who eventually won the Championship after football stopped due to the pandemic.
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Leeds are yet to pay RB Leipzig £18m for Augustin despite being ruled to by FIFA and have appealed the decision to The Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Latest: Hearing complete
CAS listened to both clubs in Switzerland on Tuesday, with Leipzig ‘very confident’ after the four-hour hearing.
Pope posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, revealing the hearing has been completed and a verdict is awaited, which could take up to two months.
“I understand that the CAS hearing is now complete and that a verdict is awaited. This can take anything up to a few months under the internal processes at CAS.”
The Verdict: Now we wait…
Considering Leeds earned promotion in July 2020, it may well be just shy of two years on until we learn a final decision on Augustin.
Sky Sports Germany have suggested that Leeds will need to pay a 5% interest on each of their three separate €7m payments should they lose, whereas Phil Hay has claimed there is scope for a further appeal in ‘very rare’ circumstances.
It looks as if everyone associated with the club will need to sit tight for the time being, with Andrea Radrizzani potentially needing to write a hefty cheque for a player who didn’t even play an hour of football for the club.
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