By George Overhill

15th Mar, 2022 | 4:10pm

Florian Sholz: RB Leipzig 'very confident' about CAS verdict in Leeds United dispute

RB Leipzig are “very confident” of the outcome of the four-hour Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing with Leeds United today, says Florian Sholz.

The hearing was over the long-running dispute involving the loan move of Jean-Kevin Augustin from the German side to The Whites in 2020, and the verdict could still take months to arrive according to Frankfurter Allgemeine.

The French forward had an obligation to buy clause in his loan deal if Marcelo Bielsa’s side were promoted to the Premier League, but because the season was delayed due to Covid-19 it meant the date when this was subsequently secured was after the original deadline contained in the deal.

Leeds then argued the clause had expired and did not complete the transfer, while Leipzig believe it was still valid and that the Elland Road club owe them millions in transfer fees.

Following the conclusion of the hearing, commercial director for sport at the Bundesliga side, Florian Scholz said, via Frankfurter Allegemeine: “RB Leipzig again clearly deposited its points in the hearing in front of the Cas. 

“We still see ourselves as right and are therefore very confident about the written verdict.”

Expensive argument

It is a complete mess that two teams are arguing over a player that neither want and who has long since moved on to Nantes.

The loan move was a disaster for the Frenchman, as it set in motion a series of events that has left him barely a going concern as a player.

A fee of £18million is at stake here and the sad thing is that Augustin is no longer worth anywhere near that, as the dispute left him without a club, and injuries paired with long Covid have seen him barely feature since.

Frankfurter Allegemeine also report that the German club want five per cent interest per year of the delay, potentially pushing the cost for United up even further if CAS follows FIFA in finding in favour of the other side.

Both parties have a point, with the argument essentially coming down to the relevance of the 30 June date in the original agreement.

Phil Hay wrote in The Athletic in January that Leeds were on the other side of a similar agreement at the same time, and subsequently had to pay more than the previously agreed £8million to bring in Jack Harrison from Manchester City.

So you can see why the club would feel hard done by to end up paying both times, despite being on opposite sides of two very similar situations.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has made a “worrying” prediction for the club.