posted on Jun, 18 2003 @ 01:46 PM
Fulham have pledged to appeal after FIFA ordered them to pay Valencia almost £500,000 - because they broke transfer laws by making John Carew's
January 2002 move subject to a medical, which he failed.
The Cottagers' lawyers are already working on their response after FIFA's ruling.
World football's governing body say a medical must be undertaken before "concluding the contract - otherwise the prospective new club will be liable
to pay the full amount of compensation for training, development and/or salary due."
Carew failed his medical, Valencia reported Fulham to FIFA and they were ordered to pay the Spanish side 5% of Carew's proposed fee, which equates to
Fulham originally said the total payment was £7.5million but FIFA's figures mean the fee actually works out at £9.58million.
Giant Norwegian striker Carew, 6ft 5in, did not pass the medical due to his alleged 'jumper's knee' condition.
Fulham are furious they almost ended up paying a fortune for a player with a serious medical problem - and are equally angry over FIFA's verdict they
must shell out £500,000 "within 30 days".
A club statement read: "The club are consulting with their legal experts and plans to appeal against this decision."
The Londoners claim they merely interpreted FIFA's laws differently to Valencia - and are bemused that, by being fined just 5% of Carew's fee, they
have not been found entirely innocent or guilty.