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Lyon suing FIFA now...
Lyon sue FIFA over injury in friendly
LYON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon are suing soccer's world governing body FIFA for one million euros over an injury sustained by defender Eric Abidal in a friendly international, club chairman Jean-Michel Aulas said on Wednesday.
"We have decided to take FIFA to a French court with the support of the G14 and the union of French professional clubs," Aulas told a press conference.
The French champions accuse FIFA of forcing clubs to release their players when they are picked for international duty and failing to provide any compensation when they are injured.
"This is against French and European laws. FIFA are taking advantage of their dominant position. Such a system leaves the clubs powerless and does not respect them," he added.
Abidal, a key player for the four-times French champions, fractured his left foot during France's 3-2 victory over Costa Rica in a friendly played in Martinique in November. He is expected to be out of action until February.
Under FIFA regulations, clubs must release players only for matches marked for international action on the calendar set by FIFA.
The Nov. 9 match against Costa Rica, played as a tribute to the families of those from Martinique who died in a plane crash in August, was not on that calendar and Lyon were not obliged to release Abidal.
The player, who was born in Martinique, had been desperate to play, however.
Aulas said he estimated at 1.017 million euros the club's losses in wages, payroll charges and amortization of the 10 million euro price paid for signing Abidal from Lille in June 2004.
FIFA is also the target of a lawsuit brought by Belgian first division team Charleroi also with the support of the G14 -- an elite group of 18 of Europe's leading clubs.
Charleroi are claiming for financial compensation for the loss of their Moroccan midfielder Abdelmajid Oulmers, who tore ankle ligaments in a friendly against Burkina Faso last November and will miss the rest of the season.
FIFA, which refuses to negotiate with the G14, has always maintained it is up to national associations to reimburse clubs for players on international duty and is not the responsibility of the world governing body.
FIFA says 75 percent of the profits from major tournaments such as the World Cup are ploughed back into the national associations who decide themselves what to do with the money.
RE: Lyon suing FIFA now...
Problem is that game wasn't on a Fifa sanctioned date, Lyon's got no case as they "volunteered to let their players go for that game.
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