Fifa has been attacking French clubs for a week.
After banning recruitment last Friday (before suspending its decision two days later) Paris FC (L2) and Angers (L1), for suspecting the two clubs of having resorted to a relay transfer in order to bypass the rules concerning training compensation for Kevin Bemanga, the International Federation (Fifa) this time sanctions the amateur club Lusitanos Saint-Maur playing in N2 (4th division) for breach of contract.
The world body condemns the Val-de-Marne club to pay € 50,000 to its former player Joël Silva, 30, who played in the N2 club between July and December 2019. “I have the impression of” a system of dictatorship with Fifa, immediately loose Mapril Baptista, the president of the Lusitanos. We haven't played all year and now we are fined € 50,000 after the player left the club on his own more than a year ago. This puts us financially in an embarrassing situation because some sponsors have let us down with this health crisis. We will appeal this decision. "
Recall of facts.
The Lusitanos recruit in July 2019 Joël Silva, a striker, from Fafe (Portuguese D3) where he scored 15 goals.
The 94 club having reached its quota of federal contracts decides to make him sign an amateur license and a two-year employment contract.
But, the attacker does not manage to acclimatize and only takes part in two championship matches (Sedan and Belfort) and a Coupe de France match against Gennevilliers (R2).
“This player was just not up to par.
I was not counting on him, ”remembers Bernard Bouger then coach of the Lusitanos.
"Fifa has shown interference"
During the end of year celebrations, Joël Silva returns to Portugal to his family and decides to join Alverca (Portuguese D3). The Portuguese club takes the necessary steps by asking the FFF to issue the CIT (international transfer certificate) essential to register the change of club. The French Federation (FFF) then turns to the Lusitanos who accept the departure of their player.
He plays the second part of the season with Alverca before recalling the Lusitanos last July to return to play with the Val-de-Marne club for the 2020-2021 season. Refusal of the Lusitanos who consider themselves in their right because the player had changed club last January. Joël Silva then decides through his Portuguese lawyer to ask Fifa to settle the dispute based on the employment contract. The instance ruled in favor of the player.
“It's still crazy that a player leaves our home and then decides to come back six months later, scolds Mapril Baptista. Afterwards, I admit that we were probably negligent with his two-year employment contract because we thought that by changing club the contract would then lapse. But, in this case, why Fifa is involved? It should be up to the industrial tribunal to take up the case. Fifa has shown interference. We want to assert our rights. "