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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2008, 15:45 GMT
Sion unveil Egypt's El-Hadary
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary with the FC Sion logo
Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has been unveiled by FC Sion

Swiss club FC Sion have unveiled Egypt's Essam El-Hadary as their new goalkeeper at a press conference, this despite an ongoing dispute over the player with Al Ahly.

Lars Gansauer, Sion's public relations officer, however admitted to the BBC: "At the moment he's not qualified to play, but we are trying our best to get him to play as soon as possible."

"We are in communication with Al Ahly - but one minute we are having good communications with them and then the next minute they are taking two steps back.

"We have requested Fifa to give us a temporary licence for the player, so he can play for us next week."

Gansaeuer is insistung that El-Hadary could move on the basis of a landmark ruling by world sport's highest court the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Sion has offered Al Ahly US$400,000 for the player, equivalent to the remaining two years of his contract, an offer which is in line with a decision taken last month by CAS.

A contract cannot be unilaterally terminated during the course of a season

Article 16 of Fifa's Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players

That ruling awarded Scottish Premier League side Hearts only the residual value of Andy Webster's contract after the defender unilaterally broke it to join English Premier League team Wigan.

Egyptian side Ahly are maintaining their position pointing to article 16 of Fifa's Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players which states simply: "A contract cannot be unilaterally terminated during the course of a season."

The player himself seems committed to playing for the Swiss club: "I am delighted to be at Sion.

"I want to concentrate on working with the club and to help my team-mates achieve good results and have a good season."

"I want to play for Sion and win titles.

"I must not forget that I have come from a big club in Egypt - Al Ahly, back home there 80 million people and around 65 million of them are fans of the club.

"I had an extraordinary relationship with the players, the club officials and the fans.

"I just hope they can understand my desire to succeed in Europe and I hope I can maintain that relationship with the Egyptians."

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