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1. FC Köln – transfer ban: CAS decides “in due course”



1. FC Köln – transfer ban: CAS decides “in due course”

In the transfer dispute about the currently suspended Cologne U19 soccer player Jaka Cuber Potocnik, there will be no timely decision by the International Court of Arbitration for Sports CAS. The CAS announced on Monday that it would decide at “the given point in time” whether it would provisionally lift the transfer ban imposed by the world football association FIFA against Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln.

“It is not possible at this time to indicate when or if a hearing will take place or when the final decision will be made,” the statement said. For the time being, FIFA’s decision against FC is valid. In addition, the CAS confirmed the receipt of applications from the three parties involved. In addition to the player Potocnik and FC, Potocnik’s former club Olimpija Ljubljana also appealed to the Lausanne/Switzerland-based arbitration court.

At the end of March, FIFA had banned the Cologne team from signing new players for the next two transfer periods. The reason is the transfer of the then 16-year-old Slovenian Potocnik, who unilaterally terminated his contract with Ljubljana in January 2022 and came to Cologne on a free transfer. The Slovenians accused FC of inciting a breach of contract and complained to FIFA.

FC and Potocnik are suing Ljubljana and FIFA before the CAS, while the Slovenian club has filed claims against the Bundesliga club and its former youth player.