Tunisian side Esperance Sportive have plead with FIFA to be given one month grace period to pay Ghanaian side Berekum chelsea an amount of $1.4million plus five percent interest relating to the unpaid transfer fee of striker Emmanuel Clottey, Ghanasportsonline can exclusively reveal.
Clottey was transferred to the Blood and Gold in September 2012 after the Ghana striker put up a sterling performance in the CAF Champions League where he scored 12 goals.
But Esperance have since not paid a dime to the Ghanaian club who made several unsuccessful attempts to retrieve their money.
The decision of the single judge and chairman of FIFA Players’ Status Committee, Geoff Thompson of England, ruled that Esperance pay the amount in addition to a five percent interest calculated since 15 September 2012.
The ruling made on 15 January 2014, incidentally the anniversary of Esperance’s establishment, was ratified by FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke.
Esperance have one month to pay the money from the date of notification which was yesterday.
Sanctions available in default of judgment after 5 March, 2014 will be relegation to the lowest division in Tunisia and suspension of their license to conduct player transfers to and from the club.
But Ghanasportsonline can confirm the receipt of a letter from Esperance admitting to been at fault and have therefore confirmed that they will pay Chelsea in one month.