Leeds United are yet to pay RB Leipzig the compensation they are due for Jean-Kévin Augustin, despite FIFA ruling against them.
That’s according to BILD, who say that ‘being right does not mean getting millions’ as far as RB Leipzig are concerned.
For those that don’t remember, Augustin played on loan for Leeds in their final year in the Championship, bringing him in on loan in January in an attempt to bolster their attack.
That deal included a mandatory purchase clause if they were promoted to the Premier League, which Marcelo Bielsa’s side were, but they refused to pay because of the season being delayed by COVID.
Their argument was that because the season did not finish until after the date set in the contract, they were not obligated to pay as it said.
The situation has been stuck with FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport since then, but things appeared to be going in Leipzig’s favour when FIFA ruled Leeds had to pay up.
That hasn’t happened yet, though, with BILD reporting that none of the money has yet arrived at the German club.
That’s because the judgement has still not been sent out in writing, and so, therefore, Leeds do not have to pay just yet.
The rules state that they have 21 days to lodge an appeal and then another ten days to give the reasons for their appeal, meaning ‘a long fight’ is still on the cards for Leipzig.
Even then, the money will not be coming in one big payment for the Germans. In fact, the money is set to come in several instalments, and they are only entitled to the first of those.
If they want the following instalments, Leipzig will have to claim again, meaning it may be a while before the €21m Leeds owe is actually paid.