Barcelona News: Atletico Madrid file complaint to La Liga and RFEF over Antoine Griezmann Transfer. The club are demanding an extra €80m as unpaid transfer fees.
Barcelona will hope that their huge summer signing Antoine Griezmann provides them with solutions to their Champions League knock-out stage conundrum. However, off the field, his arrival has been mired with its own set of problems.
Barcelona paid Antoine Griezmann €120million to bring in the French forward to Camp Nou. That was the price set as his release clause in his contract. However, Atletico Madrid are now demanding a significantly higher price from Barcelona for the purchase.
Almighty row between Barcelona & Atletico Madrid over Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona say he's now their player after paying £108m release clause. Atletico says he's still theirs because Barcelona should pay pre 1st July release clause of £180m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 12, 2019
Griezmann’s release clause was originally set at €200m. However, that figured dropped down significantly to 120m on the first of July. Barcelona then swooped in and prised the star forward from Atletico.
Atletico now claim that they’ve been shorthanded by Barcelona. They argue that a deal was stuck between the player and the club well before his release clause was reduced. This they believe, entitles them to the full amount of at €200m.
Over to La Liga
Spanish publication Sport have reported that Altetico attempted to report the matter to FIFA. However, FIFA has no jurisdiction over disputes between two teams from the same association. This has prompted them to hand in a complaint to the La Liga officials and those in power at the Spanish FA (RFEF).
Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to La Liga in pursuance of an €80m addition to the transfer fee of €120m Barca paid out to trigger Griezmanns release clause but Atletico is arguing that an agreement was reached with Griezmann when his exit fee stood at €200m. pic.twitter.com/IDcm1e9i3v
— SportsHighlite (@SHighlite) July 19, 2019
The 6 person La Liga committee comprises of representatives from both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The two may be forced to sit out of the hearing though. There has been no official comment made yet on the issue. The case will proceed in all earnest on Thursday. However, Griezmann’s playing license will not be affected and the World cup winner can continue to represent Barcelona.
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