Spanish side Puerto Malagueño are set to pocket €5,093.57 after a court ruled in their favour on the case of Leeds defender Junior Firpo.
That’s according to Diario Sur, who report on the victory for the small Spanish side in relation to training rights owed to them for the full-back.
They explain Puerto Malagueño were owed the sum of €5,093.57 after Firpo was registered by former club Betis, who he joined in 2014 before joining Barcelona and then Leeds.
However, the Spanish football federation, the RFEF, had denied them the payment, leaving them to seek a court settlement instead, which they have now won.
It’s explain that Puerto Malagueño had claimed compensation for the training of Firpo, who played for the club in 2013-14 at the age of 17, featuring for them in the Juvenil División de Honor League that season.
That meant they were entitled to a portion of his training rights under the FIFA scheme to protect smaller clubs, but the RFEF ‘refused to pay’, claiming that the defender’s license had been ‘annulled’.
They, therefore, took the case to court and, defended by Pro Liga, an organisation that protects the rights of lower league clubs, have won the right to be paid.
Puerto Malagueño are not the only team claiming these rights either, with another side, Tiro Pichón, also having ‘filed a legal claim’ for a portion of Firpo’s €15m move from Barcelona to Leeds last summer.