For weeks, Anthony Modeste waiting at the 1. FC Köln on a game permission. In November, he had to quit the Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. Fifa saw “no valid reason” for this step, and Modeste is still not back in the 2 may. League emergence. Now the attacker has announced that, if necessary, to take legal steps in the sequence.

If it is up to the end of the transfer period on December 31. January was no agreement, he would pull in front of the International court of arbitration for sport (Cas). “I’m going to fight and assert my rights,” he wrote on Instagram.

It Modestes first word is the club message to the discussion with his Chinese Ex -. “Tianjin is trying to prevent that I can play football”, wrote to Modeste.

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A post shared by Anthony Modeste (@anthonymodeste27) on Jan 25, 2019 at 3:27 PM PST

In November, Modeste 1. FC Köln returned, where he signed a contract until 2023. The world governing body Fifa granted the Frenchman, however, no eligibility – the termination of the 30-Year-old in Tianjin was not justified. In the Fifa statement said: “The decision, according to the Tianjin Quanjian FC must pay the player outstanding remuneration. It was found, however, that this has terminated the employment relationship with Tianjin Quanjian FC without a valid reason.”

The striker insists his contract in China “very clear reasons” terminated and to have the club on “a material breach of the contractual obligations of” informed – even prior to his termination. However, because Tianjin did not react, he would have had “no other choice”.

Today, the club call “a completely disproportionate compensation, which blocked my professional Situation intentionally,” wrote Modeste. He was a football player and football is his passion. Not to play In the next six months, was for him “unimaginable”.


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