Dundee United have been hit with a 200,000 bill for former bit-part player Damian Casalinuovo.
That’s after the Tangerines were handed only a partial victory by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in their bid to prove a demand for “training compensation” from the Argentine’s first club Velez Sarsfield was little more than a con.
During a costly battle, the Tangerines have successfully seen an initial demand from the 2012 Argentine champions for 430,000 reduced to 230,000 by taking their case to FIFA.
And now an appeal to CAS in August has resulted in a further reduction of 40,000.
But with interest dating back to Casalinuovo’s signing in 2009, it will still see them have to fork out in the region of 200k and that’s pounds not euros.
Because of that, no one at Tannadice was feeling like celebrating today. That was made clear in a brief club statement.
“Dundee United note with disappointment the decision of CAS to only partially uphold our appeal and award 195,000 Euros in respect of training compensation to Velez Sarsfield in respect of Damian Casalinuovo.
“We are encouraged that the original claim has been reduced and will now consider the decision fully before making any further comment.”
In truth, as bitter as this pill is to swallow, there is little more that can be said and nothing that can be done.
CAS is the highest sporting court on the planet and their ruling, painful as it is, brings the matter to an end.
While the club respect that, it has left them with a bad taste in the mouth because when Casalinuovo was signed everything was done by the book.
Following South American custom, the deal was done using a document signed by a notary in Argentina.
It clearly stated interested parties waived any right to a fee but Velez appear to have manipulated the rules by arguing the document did not cover compensation for the player’s early training and development.
Seeing as he’d left them for Platense before joining up at Tannadice, United did not see why that was a matter for them a stance the player himself backed.
He left United in August 2010 after making just 25 appearances and is now back in Argentina and no longer playing full-time, meaning he cost around 8,000 an appearance.
While the money that will now have to be paid for him will not break the bank at Tannadice, in the current climate it’s a blow the club could have done without.