West Ham could face FIFA player transfer ban

5 Apr, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

FIFA have ordered West Ham to pay the outstanding loan fee of Alex Kral to Spartak Moscow.

The Hammers are claimed owe €5m (£4.38m) to Spartak for the loan of the Czech Republic midfielder, with the case taken to FIFA last year.

“The FIFA Players’ Status Chamber has ruled on our club’s application against West Ham. The Hammers were ordered to pay the full amount under the transfer agreement for the loan of Alex Kral, plus due interest,” stated Spartak.

“If West Ham do not pay this amount within 45 days, the club may be banned from registering new players, and after three transfer windows, the case may be referred to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.”

Kral is now playing with Schalke. West Ham have argued they could not pay Spartak due to financial sanctions on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.

West Ham also owe money to Russian club CSKA who are still seeking payment of the money owed for Nikola Vlasic’s transfer to West Ham.

Last year  CSKA said “West Ham still does not fulfill its obligations and owes us a big sum for Nikola Vlasic’s transfer. We offered a significant number of options for solving the problem and tried to take into account the Interests of all parties, but our British colleagues took an overly formalistic position.At this moment we have exhausted all the possibilities of pre-trial settlement and we will be forced to send an application to FIFA, initiating a case of West Ham’s failure to fulfill its obligations,” CSKA communications director Kirill Braido said.

In West Ham accounts the club said “Creditors arising from player transfers include a total of £7.8m payable to Russian football clubs. The club is currently prevented from making these payments due to the sanctions imposed by the UK Government” 


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