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Wednesday, 8 January, 2003, 11:08 GMT
Rossi lands worldwide ban
Former Dunfermline defender Youssef Rossi
Rossi has not featured for the Pars this season
Dunfermline have had a worldwide ban placed on defender Youssef Rossi by Fifa.

The Moroccan defender has not featured for the club this season after walking out on them during the last campaign, and his wages were frozen by the club in July last year.

Now Fifa has imposed a ban on the player signing for any other club while he is still contracted to Dunfermline, unless a transfer fee is involved.

Chairman John Yorkston said the club had no alternative after the player, signed for 200,000 from Rennes, refused to honour his contract.

"We paid good money for Youssef but he has totally messed us around and we're not going to stand for that," Yorkston told the Scottish Sun.

"We signed him when he was injured and helped him through that.

"But as soon as he was fit again he wanted a transfer to a bigger club.

"It's a shame it has come to this because he could have been one of the best players in Scotland but he has got a problem in his head."

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07 Jul 02 | Scotland
21 Feb 02 | Dunfermline Athletic
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