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Real escape Fifa rap over Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal in the final
Real Madrid have been heavily linked with Ronaldo

Fifa will take no formal action against Real Madrid over Manchester United's complaint about their public pursuit of Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

United lodged a protest to world football's governing body in May over what they believed was a deliberate attempt by Real to unsettle the player.

But Real president Ramon Calderon said United "had no evidence" for the claim.

"From the documentation received, no breach of contract appears to have occurred yet," said Fifa in statement.

"Therefore, in accordance with the applicable practice, no kind of formal procedure has been opened by Fifa regarding this matter," the statement continued.

However Fifa did ask the Spanish Football Federation to "remind Real Madrid about the potential legal consequences of a breach of contract without just cause".

The news will come as a disappointment to United who objected to a number of public statements by the Spanish club.

Real have made clear their admiration of 23-year-old Ronaldo but they have been careful to acknowledge that he is still under contract in Manchester.

Article 18 of Fifa's regulations states one club has to inform another in writing if they are to start negotiations.

606: DEBATE

However, the rules do not specifically state that the club that owns the player has to give consent.

United's initial complaint said: "On 27 May, United made clear its intention to report Real Madrid if it continued to involve itself in the future of Ronaldo.

"Unfortunately, Real Madrid has not kept its own counsel."

Real coach Bernd Schuster claimed Ronaldo was their main summer transfer target, triggering United's initial threat of a complaint, while United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has accused the Spanish club of a "lack of morals" for allegedly unsettling the player.

At the start of June, Ronaldo reported told Brazilia website Terra he wanted to play at Madrid, "but only if it's true they are ready to pay what Manchester United ask of them".

In response Calderon told Spanish newspaper AS: "For Madrid it is an honour to know that a player like him thinks that playing at Real would be good. We are proud to know that he would like to be with us."

Ronaldo, currently with Portugal at Euro 2008, has said he will not speak about the subject again before the end of the tournament but he did say he had yet to decide about his future.

Despite being under contract at Old Trafford until 2012, Ronaldo has refused to state publicly and unequivocally his future lies with United.




see also
Real deny Man Utd Ronaldo claims
10 Jun 08 |  Man Utd
Ronaldo 'yet to decide on future'
08 Jun 08 |  Portugal
Ferguson issues Ronaldo warning
01 Jun 08 |  Man Utd
Ronaldo future remains uncertain
22 May 08 |  Man Utd
Ronaldo will not leave - Man Utd
20 May 08 |  Man Utd


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