After the involved clubs 1. FC Köln and Olimpija Ljubljana, the currently suspended Cologne U19 soccer player Jaka Cuber Potocnik also appealed to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS. The arbitral tribunal based in Lausanne/Switzerland confirmed a corresponding request from the Kölnische Rundschau. The newspaper also reported that the CAS would publish a press release on the case next Monday.
At the end of March, the world association 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.
Cologne’s U19 goalscorer Potocnik has been banned from playing for four months by FIFA, and the 17-year-old is said to be paying 51,750 euros in damages to his former club, with FC joint liability.
As the Kölnische Rundschau further reports, Olimpija Ljubljana is said to be demanding 2.5 million euros from FC for Potocnik. The basis for the sum is an offer that the Slovenian club claims to have received from Dinamo Zagreb for the talent.
As a first step, the FC hopes that the CAS will temporarily suspend the verdict.