What was arguably the biggest story of the 2019/20 season so far broke on Sunday and was in connection with a player Kaizer Chiefs signed nearly two years ago!
Fifa, the world football governing body, has since handed the club a two-window transfer ban following the manner in which Amakhosi recruited Andriamirado 'Dax' Andrianarimanana from Madagascar amateur club Fosa Juniors.
Chiefs claimed that, as far as they knew, the midfielder was a free agent when they approached him in June 2018, but his former employers argued he had an existing contract until October 2020 and was in breach.
The Siya crew is in possession of the 15-page document detailing arguments from both parties and why the Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber came to its decision that 'Dax', who joined Black Leopards in June last year, would serve a four-month ban from football, while Chiefs would be restricted from registering any players between now and the end of January 2021.
A breakdown of this report is in this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, but here are the THREE big factors which led to the transfer ban:
- Fifa – and the two clubs involved – have been dealing with this case since December 2018 when Fosa first lodged an official complaint, though Chiefs already had a provisional clearance.
- The DRC looked at what it considered “facts, arguments and documentary evidence” in coming to a decision – not allegations. It cross-checked with the Transfer Matching System (TMS).
- Fifa found that the contract between 'Dax' and Fosa was valid, though the player denied ever signing it and Chiefs provided a handwriting expert’s opinion to support this argument, but the DRC insisted the signatures on both the Fosa and Chiefs contract seem “alike and genuine” to the naked eye.
Chiefs have confirmed they will appeal the ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Story by @superjourno