CAS has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the decision issued by the FIFA Dispute Resolution
Chamber on 26 May 2016 (FIFA DRC) in which Fiorentina’s claim for compensation of EUR 32
million was rejected.
ACF Fiorentina lodged a claim with FIFA against the Player and Chelsea FC for breach of contract without just cause and inducement to the breach requesting compensation of EUR 32 million and sporting sanctions against Chelsea FC and the Player. On 26 May 2016 the FIFA DRC rejected the claim.
On 11 October 2016, ACF Fiorentina filed an appeal with the CAS requesting that the FIFA DRC decision be set aside and replaced with a new decision upholding its claim for financial compensation.
The arbitration was conducted by a Panel of CAS arbitrators and a hearing was held in Lausanne,
Switzerland on 21 April 2017.
The CAS Panel found that the Player did not breach the employment agreement by returning to Chelsea FC after 30 June 2015 and that Chelsea FC did not induce the player to terminate the employment agreement without just cause. Accordingly, it dismissed the appeal and confirmed the FIFA DRC Decision.