Appiah gets FIFPro's backing

15 years ago

World soccer governing body, Fifa has been urged by the union representing players across the globe, Fifpro, to take decisive action in Stephen Appiah's battle against Fenerbahce.

Fifa has failed to rule on the status of the Ghana captain, six months after Fifpro backed Appiah in his fight against the Turkish side over bad treatment.

Appiah was declared a free agent by Fifa. However he has been unable to find a team since English clubs declared interest in signing him on a free transfer because of claims by Fenerbahce that they wanted a transfer fee.

Fifpro subsequently supported Appiah by reporting the issue to Fifa’s dispute resolution chamber hoping that the matter can be resolved but still the football governing body has failed to react which has prompted the fury.

"When confronted with administrative slowness which they (Fifa) do not understand and which they will eventually stop accepting in light of the athletic and professional penalties that come as a result,” a statement from Fifpro secretary general Stephane Burchkalter read.

“Will the players not one day soon be more likely to bring their disputes to civil tribunals instead of taking them to sports judicial bodies?

"Does Fifa understand all the risks involved?

“Does Fifa understand the increasingly delicate position in which national players' unions and FIFPro find themselves?

“After having always encouraged professional players to take their grievances to Fifa's judicial body and now facing increasing, and daily, discontent from their members who feel forgotten, or even abandoned."

Appiah’s relationship with Fenerbahce turned sour when he refused the club permission to suspend his registration to allow them use another foreign player in his place while he was injured from a botched knee surgery by the clubs doctors.

But he has fully recovered and played an important part in the Black Stars qualification for the second phase of the World Cup qualifiers.

Appiah has been linked with several clubs in the English Premier League with Tottenham, Portsmouth and West Ham all linked to signing the midfielder.