There’s just 6 days to go to Newcastle United’s first game of the season at Old Trafford, but Newcastle still haven’t got the registration through for Jonas Gutierrez.
Jonas Gutierrez – registration still not through
While Jonas has been allowed to play in friendly games, he will not be allowed to play on Sunday unless Newcastle get his registration through this week.
This all goes back to the initial deal on July 3rd, when Real Mallorca were less than happy that Jonas, with Newcastle’s assistance, was legally allowed to buy out his contract.
It was using FIFA’s article 17 of the transfer rules and is often referred to as the Webster law.
It is named after the Scottish defender Andy Webster who left his club Hearts in the summer of 2006 for Wigan Athletic, a year before his contract ended, and when Hearts appealed the case claiming Â£4M in compensation, Webster won his case and set a legal precedent by paying Hearts his remaining contract amount.
After the Gutierrez transfer, Real Mallorca appealed to FIFA, and as far as we know that appeal is still pending, and we expect that’s the reason the Spanish Club is still holding onto the registration.
We believe that is the current situation, and we wish it wasnâ€™t so.
However, we believe that unless Newcastle can force through his registration in the next six days, Jonas will not be able to play on Sunday.
We need some clarification from the club on what the current situation is.