Shakhtar demand €50m in damages from FIFA over lost transfer fees
Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have demanded that they receive €50 million worth of damages from FIFA for lost transfer fees.
is seeking damages from Fifa after several of their players decided to leave following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Fifa previously ruled that foreign players can suspend contracts and seek a new club in another country amid the war.
Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin claims that agents took payment for deals rather than the club. Shakhtar has now appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"We had to do this because of FIFA's highly unfair ruling,"
Palkin told BBC Sport.
"The consequences mean we will continue to lose significant income from deals we expected to close.
"We would also like to highlight that given the situation Ukrainian clubs are facing with the war, there has been little respect shown towards these clubs by FIFA.
"FIFA has not looked to protect clubs and at no stage consulted with us to find a solution - they have seemingly ignored the perilous state that Ukrainian football clubs have been facing since the beginning of the war.”
FIFA gave Shakhtar and other Ukrainian clubs until June 30 to finalize sales before foreign players were able to unilaterally suspend contracts.
Shakhtar claims several players decided to delay their transfer process so they can leave for free.
"In absence of any reaction from FIFA, we will have no choice but to seek damages compensation from the competent courts,"
"I believe more meaningful support initiative to Ukrainian clubs is needed from FIFA."
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