Shakhtar Donetsk wants FIFA to pay 50 million euros to compensate the club for lost transfer fees. Because of the war in Ukraine, the World Football Association is giving foreign players and trainers the chance to have their contracts suspended until mid-2023, so that they can start transfer-free elsewhere.
Shaktar wants the rule to be annulled and is therefore going to the international sports tribunal CAS. The Ukrainian club wanted to sell its foreigners to make up for lost income after the end of the competition.
“We do not agree with this very unfair FIFA settlement,” Shakhtar chairman Sergei Palkin told the BBC. “We are missing out on a lot of money from deals that we expected to be able to close.”
“FIFA has not looked at protecting clubs either. Nor has there been any consultation with us at any time to find a solution. They have not cared about the very difficult situation Ukrainian clubs have faced since the beginning of the face war.”
FIFA’s measure included the transfer of Israeli winger Manor Solomon to Fulham in the water. That would have brought the club about 7.5 million euros. The total damage amount is estimated by the chairman at 50 million. Shakhtar employs a total of fourteen foreign players.
The competition in Ukraine was stopped because of the war, but the new season will ‘just’ start next month. Duels do take place under strict safety rules and without spectators.