Late last week, we covered an interview from Sweden with Saman Ghoddos, who explained how happy he was at Brentford Football Club.
On loan from Ligue 2 side Amiens SC, the forward was happy to put two years of ‘hell’, as he described it, behind him and was surprised as to how easily he had settled in at the Brentford Community Stadium.
One of the reasons why the last two years had been so tough for Ghoddos was a four month ban he had to endure after he was found guilty of not respecting an agreement between Östersund and Huesca back in 2018 and handed a €4m fine, which the Swedish side would have had to pay a large chunk of had the player not been able to.
There was a CAS case looming over it, and it appears a ruling has now been given: no money will have to be paid.
Speaking to Östersunds Posten, and relayed by FotbollDirekt, the club’s CEO, Michael Schahine, said: “I can tell you that it will be zero kroner”.
That’s good news for the Swedish side, who had put around €1m to one side ‘in the event they became liable for damages’, but they can now release that for their own benefit.
One area, however, where they won’t be able to spend it will be on players, as instead of fining them, the CAS sentenced them to a recruitment ban in the ‘next two transfer periods’.
It will be a relief for Ghoddos, but he won’t be pleased for his former side, who will now have to think creatively when it comes to strengthening their squad, likely turning to their youth academy for reinforcements.
The Iran international is contracted to Brentford until the end of the season, but Thomas Frank’s side have the chance to make the move permanent with a clause they can trigger should they wish to do so.