— Published 22 December 2022

Shakhtar Donetsk wants to make FIFA pay

Not very predictable. The Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, thirteen times national champion, claims the sum of 40 million euros from FIFA in compensation for the departure of several of its players since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The hearing will be held this Thursday, December 22 before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. The Ukrainian club considers itself wronged by a decision of the international soccer body, implemented last June, allowing foreign players and coaches playing in Ukraine to “suspend their employment contract until June 30, 2023” without risking financial penalties. According to the general director of the club, Sergei Palkin, quoted by AFP, the decision of FIFA has resulted in a “loss of income from player transfers and a decrease in the basic income of the club of about 40 million euros.” The Ukrainian club is now seeking to recover the lost money and is claiming compensation from FIFA.