Scottish club beats FIFA, former player

December 13, 2010

Scottish club Inverness Caledonian Thistle has beaten its former player Marius Niculae and FIFA in a compensation case at sport's highest court.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it upheld the club's appeal and overturned a ruling by FIFA's disputes panel, which originally awarded Niculae a share of the transfer fee that Dinamo Bucharest paid for him in 2008.

Inverness says on its website that Niculae claimed he should receive a 30 percent cut, amounting to 130,000 pounds ($206,000; ?154,000).

The club argued that the Romania forward was under contract and forced the move against its wishes.


Niculae scored 10 goals in his one Scottish season to earn selection for the 2008 European Championship.