FIFA fines coach Arie Haan for Cameroon walkout
FIFA has ordered Dutch coach Arie Haan to pay ?500,000 ($670,000) compensation to the Cameroon football federation for walking out on the national team.
FIFA said on Wednesday that a single judge from its players' status committee ruled in favor of the Cameroon body, which filed a complaint in 2007.
''(Haan) was found to have breached the contract he had signed with the federation concerned and ordered to pay compensation,'' FIFA said in a statement.
The 62-year-old Haan can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA provides full reasons for the ruling.
Cameroon appointed Haan on a two-year deal in August 2006, but he resigned six months later.
The federation said on its website that Haan never fulfilled contract requirements to live in Cameroon and deliver an annual working plan.
Haan later coached Albania's national team and now leads Chinese club Tianjin Teda.
He played for the Netherlands team which was runner-up at the World Cup in 1974 and '78, and started in both finals.
FIFA has taken a tough stance with coaches who break their contracts.
In 2008, Co Adriaanse lost his appeal at CAS against a FIFA ruling on his decision to quit Porto days before the season started in August 2006.
The court ordered the Dutch coach to pay compensation of ?995,238 (then $1,260,700) to the Portuguese club.