CAS lifts transfer ban but OM ordered to pay £2.3m to Watford over Gueye transfer

July 21 – Senegal’s Pape Gueye, or his new club Olympique Marseilles, have been ordered to pay £2.3 million in compensation to Watford for breach of contract.

The ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholds a decision made by FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamberon 25 November 2021.

CAS ruled that Gueye had breached his contract with Watford and made Gueye and OM, jointly and severally liable for the compensation to Watford. CAS said it considered OM :to have induced the Player to breach his contract with his former club”.

Gueye had also been sanctioned with four months from playing in official matches, while OM was given a two-window ban on transfers.

The OM transfer ban was lifted but Watford, who had also appealed the decision, asking for an increase in compensation, lost their appeal.

CAS said in a statement: “After taking into consideration all the evidence and arguments put forward by the parties in the three procedures, the Panel reached the same conclusion as the FIFA DRC in determining that the Player had indeed terminated his contract with Watford FC without just cause and that compensation of GBP 2,307,875 should be paid to Watford FC by the Player and OM jointly and severally. However, the CAS Panel determined that OM had in fact rebutted the presumption of inducement and annulled the disciplinary sanction imposed on OM.”

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