Friday, July 27, 2007

Fener Attempts to End Appiah Transfer Saga

Fener Attempts to End Appiah Transfer Saga
By Nathan L. Redd

The Stephen Appiah transfer saga took a new curve on Friday, as Fenerbahce have reportedly filed a grievance with FIFA over the contact made by German side Schalke 04. Published reports indicate that Fenerbahce complained to FIFA because Appiah is under contract until 2010, and the German club had not received permission to speak with Appiah.

Media reports have fans scratching their heads as to what is really going on. Appiah has commented in recent days that he wishes to stay at Fenerbahce, but Schalke's representatives have made overtures in German media indicating that they have already reached a deal, pending the transfer fee from Fener. On Thursday, Schalke Manager Andreas Muller said "Appiah wants to join us - and just us."

On Friday, Fenerbahce attempted to squash the rumors by releasing a statement on their website. According to the statement, Fenerbahce management met with Appiah who stated that he is happy with Fener, he wants to continue his career in Kadikoy and dismissed the rumors. Fenerbahce also stated that Appiah's agent is not allowed to make any deals with any team without receiving permission from the club first. They also stated that only written offers for Appiah would be considered.

Appiah is scheduled to be in the lineup for Saturday night's friendly vs. Shakhtar Donetsk. Kickoff is at 20:00 (1 PM EST in the U.S.).


Blogger kilic-f said...

i say it weeks ago Nathan u now :)

8:44 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Kilic, I am starting to think you are Appiah's agent. :)

I believe you, my friend; I just have to report what is going on.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Erol said...

Just watched a report on LigTV, that showed Appiah meeting with Yildirim and some members of the board on Fenerbahce offices, and he asked Appiah if he wanted to leave, he said no - he wants to stay. I think there's no story to this any longer.

7:52 PM  

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