Arsenal ‘win FIFA battle’ over transfer fees and avoid £33k fine

Arsenal have reportedly won their battle against FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being fined £33,000 by the governing body.

The Sun revealed back in March that the Gunners had appealed against a ruling by FIFA, which was related to sell-on clauses they agreed when selling players.

Back in 2018 they sold Chuba Akpom to Greek side PAOK and Joel Campbell to Italian outfit Forsinone, including sell-on clauses in both deals.

PAOK were obliged to give Arsenal 30 per cent of any future fee for Akpom, but that figure would be raised to 40 per cent if he was sold to a British team.

As for Campbell, his deal included a standard 20 per cent sell-on clause along with an increase to 30 per cent under the same circumstances.

Akpom then sealed a move to Middlesbrough last summer for £2.25million, while Campbell is plying his trade out in Mexico for Monterrey on loan from Leon.

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Despite the FA and Premier League insisting no rules were broken by Arsenal, FIFA claimed they had breached regulations surrounding third-party ownership, as it gave them the power to influence deals at another club.

The north London club therefore appealed this ruling with CAS, denying any wrongdoing in the cases of Akpom and Campbell.

While the £33,000 fine was not a major problem, Emirates chiefs were more concerned by the principle alone and the prospect of former players being sold back to Premier League rivals at a profit.

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The Sun are now reporting that CAS have accepted their appeal and ruled that variable sell-on clauses are part and parcel of football, ruling that Arsenal could have no influence over transfers at other clubs.

FIFA, who have former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as their chief of global development, have thus been left with egg on their face.

Arsenal will no longer have to pay the fine and are free to include similar clauses in any transfers in the future.

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