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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Man Utd/Lyn go to Fifa in Obi row
John Mikel Obi
Mikel Obi scored twice on his Lyn debut
Manchester United and Norwegian club Lyn Oslo have lodged a complaint with Fifa over Chelsea's pursuit of Nigerian teenage prodigy John Mikel Obi.

Obi has claimed he was forced to sign a contract with United from Lyn.

"Lyn and Manchester United have sent in a complaint on Chelsea and the two agents, John Shittu and Rune Hauge, to Fifa," said Lyn's lawyer Erik Nadheim.

United announced the 18-year-old midfielder's 4m transfer on 29 April after he scored twice on his Lyn debut.

Hauge has said first division Lyn do not have the right to sell Obi.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who Lyn believe is in England, has been quoted in Norwegian media as saying he wants to join Chelsea.

Lyn said they have a valid contract with Obi, which runs until the end of 2006, and that he is in breach of that contract after missing training on 12 May and a match four days later.

"The only thing that Lyn wants is that Mikel comes back to Norway," added Nadheim.


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