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Inverness dispute Niculae payment

Marius Niculae
Niculae scored 10 times during his solitary season with Inverness

Inverness Caley Thistle will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Fifa ordered them to pay former striker Marius Niculae 142,500 euros.

The Romanian is to receive 30% of his transfer from the Highland club to Dinamo Bucharest in the summer of 2008.

The decision was made by Fifa's dispute resolution chamber after Niculae claimed to be due the amount.

But Inverness insist a standard Scottish Premier League contract clause prohibits such an arrangement.

Romanian international Niculae joined the Highland club in 2007, reportedly on wages of about £4,000 a week when they were still in Scotland's top flight, and left a year later.

Now in the First Division, Inverness say they do not yet know the grounds for the decision and have instructed their lawyers to request them from Fifa.

Club chairman George Fraser told BBC Scotland: "Obviously we are very disappointed with the answer that we received today.

"We felt all along that the SPL contract was very clear in that if the player instigates the transfer himself, he is not entitled to the 30% of the fee.

"It is our view, having been advised by Marius that we would be getting bids in for him from European clubs, and that he asked to go to Bucharest to negotiate a transfer there, that he was instigating the transfer himself and therefore was not entitled to 30% of the fee."

The club's intention is to continue to fight this claim by Niculae and take appeal proceedings to the Court of Sport Arbitration

Statement on club website

And a statement on the club website reads: "The club wishes to make it clear that it is extremely disappointed with the decision of the dispute resolution chamber and whilst the club will review the grounds of the decision and review its options at that time, the club's intention is to continue to fight this claim by Niculae and take appeal proceedings to the Court of Sport Arbitration, as is our right."

Meanwhile, Niculae has been pursuing £90,000 he insists he is due from a signing-on agreement with the Highland club.

The player's adviser Steve Cairns told BBC Scotland: "The 100,000 euros was part of his signing-on fee. Marius's signing-on fee was to be paid over two instalments.

"He never received the second part and as such he has taken a civil action."

The claim is ongoing at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Following Caley Thistle's relegation at the end of last season, the club have had to make severe cuts to their budget.

If the club have to pay the two sums to the former Sporting Lisbon and Werder Bremen player, they will make a significant dent in their finances.

The Inverness chairman at the time, Alan Savage, received a 12% stake in the club for part-funding Niculae's transfer.

Asked if the club had over-stretched itself in signing the Romanian, current chairman Fraser said: "People can draw their own conclusions. We are trying to move on from that.

"These are situations that can happen in any employee-employer situation and it's up to the two parties to come to a conclusion, hopefully sooner than later."



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see also
Player sues former football club
16 Feb 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Inverness buoyant despite losses
26 Aug 08 |  Inverness CT
Niculae completes Inverness exit
31 Jul 08 |  Inverness CT
Inverness struggle to pay Niculae
23 Apr 08 |  Inverness CT
Romania striker joins Inverness
17 Jul 07 |  Inverness CT
Inverness chairman resigns post
11 Apr 08 |  Inverness CT


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