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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 15:59 GMT
Fifa stands firm on Owen pay-out
Michael Owen and Sepp Blatter
Blatter (right) thinks the FA should cough up for Owen
Fifa insists it has made a "final offer" of 1m compensation to Newcastle for Michael Owen's World Cup injury.

Newcastle claimed 6.2m towards Owen's salary costs after he ruptured cruciate knee ligaments 55 seconds into last summer's World Cup game against Sweden.

The Football Association is already paying Newcastle 50,000 a week to help cover his salary.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said it was a "last offer", adding: "If someone has responsiblility then it's the FA."

Blatter insisted the overall compensation should be shared between Fifa, the FA and Newcastle's own insurers.

Newcastle have lodged a claim for further compensation from the FA as well as Fifa to cover the cost of signing 10m Obefemi Martins to replace Owen, who cost 17m from Real Madrid.

Players put at the disposal of the national team should be insured by their club

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

The Fifa president said: "Newcastle have come saying that they had have to replace him with another player and that's not fair.

"The transfer regulations say players put at the disposal of the national team should be insured by their club.

"The competition regulations of the World Cup say the national associations should make sure their players are correctly insured.

"We've also set up a special fund for injuries to players for all 32 participants with a total of 7m available for everybody.

"If you look who is asking for money, then something is wrong because it's from the richest league in the world."

An FA spokesman said: "The position remains unchanged. We've been in constructive discussions with Newcastle since the World Cup.

"We are sympathetic towards their position with reference to the injury and these discussions are ongoing."



SEE ALSO
Comeback progress delights Owen
13 Feb 07 |  Newcastle United
Owen may miss rest of the season
02 Feb 07 |  Newcastle United
McClaren checks on Owen fitness
05 Dec 06 |  Newcastle United
Fifa considers Owen compensation
23 Jun 06 |  Newcastle United
Sweden 2-2 England
20 Jun 06 |  World Cup 2006


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