We thought it was a bit odd that the registration of our new signing, Jonas Gutierrez,Â hadn’t come through to allow him to play last Saturday, but it’s more complicated then just a delay in ordinary paperwork.
Jonas Gutierrez – problems with Mallorca and registration
It turns out that Real Mallorca have not released the Argentine’s registration, because they are appealing to FIFA about the move.
Jonas bought himself out of his contract with them, and they are appealing to FIFA, in an attempt to get a significantly bigger transfer fee from Newcastle.
But Newcastle United and Gutierrez simply played by the rules, as laid down by FIFA’s Article 17, though we must say it seems a bit tough on the selling club.
Mallorca President Vicente Grande has reported both Newcastle and the player to FIFA in a bid to claim Â£8M in compensation they believe they are entitled to. But Gutierrez only took advantage of FIFAâ€™s existing rules, so everything seems to have been legally above board as far as we know.
Newcastle have done absolutely nothing wrong legally, but Mallorca are obviously, and probably justifiably upset they got so little for their best player, after almost selling him to Portsmouth in January for Â£8M (10M euro).
To make things worse for Mallorca, the club is in dire financial straights right now, with former chairman Freddy Shepherd even trying to buy the club.
But there was news nly yesterday that both Shepherd and an unnamed Russian investor had lost out to entrepreneur Paul Davidson, who won the race to buy the La Liga side.
This lack of documentation prevented GutiÃ©rrez playing in last Saturday’s good 4-1 win at Hartlepool, but the bad news is that it is now expected to also keep him out of Saturday’s game at Doncaster, and maybe even the pre-season tournament taking place – of all places – Mallorca.
You couldn’t make this stuff up – they just wouldn’t believe you.Â Â Â 😀
So it may be that the talented player, who Kevin is telling Newcastle fans is just great, is likely to make his Newcastle debut against PSV Eindhoven on August 6th, but that’s just 10 days before the Premier League season starts.
We must bring new players into the club soon, and a couple of good ones this week would be nice, so we can concentrate on more positive things at the club.
Two signings so far, and one has some legal question marks – so let’s get some others in quickly.