Published: 13/12/2010 00:00 - Updated: 24/11/2011 11:49

Caley Thistle win £130K Niculae transfer case

Marius Niculae in action during his time with ICT.
Marius Niculae in action during his time with ICT.

CALEY Thistle have finally won their courtroom case against former player Marius Niculae.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland annulled the FIFA Dispute Resolution decision issued in September last year which went in favour of the Romanian.

The CAS has therefore upheld the SPL club's appeal against FIFA's verdict that ICT should stump up £130,000 compensation to their ex-hitman, who played for his country in Euro 2008.

Following the decision today (Monday), Niculae has now to pay the costs of the hearing as well as ICT's costs.

Niculae claimed he was entitled to 30 per cent of his £400,000 transfer fee from Inverness CT to Dinamo Bucharest in August 2008.

The Highland club has remained firm in his belief that the forward "initiated" his decision to move and was pictured on the Dinamo website alongside a story saying he'd signed a three-year contract, although ICT said no agreement had been made for the transfer.

Caley Thistle chairman George Fraser said: "We're obviously delighted with the court's findings as they completely vindicate the club's position.

"The outcome demonstrates that this club acted fairly and correctly at all times in relation to the Marius Niculae transfer.

"It's taken a long time and we've had to expend a great deal of time and money in this process, but we felt it was necessary to uphold the club's reputation for integrity.

"We are fully vindicated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and that is extremely satisfying and we can finally move on."

The chairman added: "Mr Niculae still has a separate case against the club in Inverness Sheriff Court, which is due to be heard early in 2011. We will keep our supporters advised on that.

"I am sure they are as pleased as we are at overturning the FIFA decision. The club has faced a certain amount of negativity as a result of the original decision, but we pursued our appeal vigorously and have won on all counts."

The former Sporting Lisbon striker scored 10 goals for ICT in the 2007-08 season, this form winning him a place in the Romanian squad for the European Championships in 2008.

Caley Thistle accepted an offer for the player from Kaiserslautern, but he rejected the move and flew to Bucharest.

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