Cologne’s one-year FIFA transfer ban provisionally suspended by CAS

Zurich, May 27 (BNA) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has temporarily suspended Cologne’s one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA, as it considers an appeal by the club.

Reuters reported that Cologne was prevented from signing players for the next season after the International Federation accused the club of encouraging 17-year-old Slovenian Jaka Cuper Potoknik to end his contract with Olimpija Ljubljana and join them in January 2022.

A FIFA court fined Cologne 51,750 euros ($57,000) and banned them from signing players for the next two transfer windows and suspended Potoknik for four months.

Cologne said Potochnik’s four-month ban was also suspended.

The German club said Potochnik left Olimpija due to “numerous breaches of contract” and did not incite him to leave his former club.

Olimpega could not be reached for comment on Friday.

“We can now become active in the transfer market within our means due to economic consolidation,” said Cologne managing director Christian Keller, adding that the club is committed to lifting FIFA’s ban completely.

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