Frustrated Portugal midfielder Hugo Viana is set to submit documents to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday as he attempts to overturn the UAE Football Federation late transfer registration ruling preventing him playing for Al Wasl.
Viana, 31, has become the main victim of the saga which saw moves for himself and four Emirati players declared ineligible after the arbitrary extension of the summer deadline by two hours until 02:00 on Friday, October 3 was rescinded.
But while a ruling last week – which contradicted a UAE FA board decision a fortnight ago – voided the switches for the locals meaning they can play for their original clubs in the interim period before the window opens again in January, Viana has been left in limbo because of his status as a foreigner.
Currently, Viana can only train with Wasl and cannot return to former side Al Ahli. This is an area of dispute between the 29-times capped midfielder and the UAE FA, with the latter party claimed to be refusing to recognise evidence that documents were submitted beforemidnight on deadline day saying he had been released by the Red Knights and was a free agent.
In a heated press conference at the end of last month, Wasl board member and legal advisor Mohammad Al Amri discussed the possibility of raising the issue with CAS and demanded compensation from the UAE FA.
This situation has now developed to the point where a trusted lawyer has been mandated by Viana's agent Jorge Mendes to send the papers to the Zurich-based authority, which is the highest legal body in sport.
"The UAE Federation have made a big mistake," a source close to the player claimed. "Hugo signed the papers freeing him from Al Ahli at11:30pm, then did the same with Al Wasl two minutes later.
"That was all within the correct timeframe before midnight, with them also being faxed to the UAE FA in time. The papers are currently being translated from Arabic so that they can be submitted and CAS can make a decision, hopefully, within two weeks."
The move follows two meetings last week between Viana, Wasl and the UAE FA which remained in deadlock as the governing body declined to recognise he was not under contract at the time of the illegal deadline extension. This is a problem for the player as his registration was not made official until after midnight.
If true, this would have given Viana 21 days after the close of the window to complete the move in compliance with UAE FA rules on registering foreign players as it is claimed the arrangement – now revoked – from the Cheetahs to cancel Brazilian Neto Berola's contract was faxed at approximately 22:45.
The other deals involved in the saga are Bani Yas securing Mohammed Nasser and Saad Suroor, Fujairah signing Ahmed Ibrahim and Division One outfit Al Shaab buying Ahmed Jumaa.
Iran’s reign as Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai champions is over after Russia gained revenge for defeat in the 2013 decider during a thrilling semi-final meeting.
The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup winners prevailed by 4-3, an absorbing match seeing the Princes of Persia score a trio of unanswered last-third goals as their opponents grimly held on following the dismissal of influential goalkeeper Andrey Bukhlitskiy.
A packed out Dubai International Marine Club provided the perfect arena as two of the globe’s finest teams battled for a shot at glory in front of a fervent crowd.
— Matt Monaghan (@mattmonaghan360) November 7, 2014
Mikhail Likhachev’s men will face Brazil today at 20:00 UST after they edged past Portugal 5-3 in an exhibition of stupendous finishing.
The preceding match was an a classic, that came to life towards the death.Yury Krasheninnikov’s sidefoot and Kirill Romanov’s turn-and-shot gave Russia a commanding start. This was added to in the opening minutes of the third frame through Dmitry Shishin’s tap-in and Artur Paporotnyi’s free-kick, which went straight through replacement goalkeeper Hamid Behzadspour.
All hope seemed lost for Iran, a repeat of last November’s 4-3 triumph against the then two-time reigning champions a distant dream.
A foul by Bukhlitskiy – who will miss the final through suspension – swung things towards them, captain Ali Naderi converting the penalty to give hope and make the score 4-2 after Hassan Abdollahi had previously headed home what looked like a consolation.
The Marine Club was rocking when Mohammad Ahmadzadeh’s opportunistic shot somehow squirmed through goalkeeper Maxim Chuzhkov’s legs with three minutes remaining. No matter how hard they tried, however, a leveller could not be found to force extra-time.
A more one-sided semi-final saw Brazil rarely tested, the tight scoreline flattering Portugal.
Anderson’s opener was curled beautifully into the top corner, with Fernando Ddi’s header following a flowing move involving an overhead kick smashing the crossbar.
Sidney shot just inside the post while falling to put the Canarinha 3-1 ahead, Rodrigo unleashed a thunderous drive that left goalkeeper Petrony with no chance and Ddi drove in from distance.
Portugal did not proceed but scored the goal of the night through captain Madjer’s acrobatic side-volley from a throw out. The predatory Nuno Belchior got their first and third, moving to four for the tournament.
Earlier in the day, the UAE registered their first victory of this year’s edition as they prevailed 4-3 against Japan to secure a spot in the fifth/sixth-place play-off.
Captain Ali Karim excelled, scoring two and setting up another. The Whites will face Morocco at 17:30 UST after the Atlas Lions beat United States 7-3.
The UAE took on Portugal after losing their first two games in the Samsung Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup Dubai. They had nothing to lose and showed that with a courageous performance. Here are the highlights and interviews with defender Kamal Ali Sulaiman and UAE coach Gustavo 'Guga' Zloccowicz.