By Saikat Mandal

7th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds set to take Jean-Kevin Augustin case to another court - Kieran Maguire

Leeds United will try to override the decision given by CAS on the Jean-Kevin Augustin case by moving to another court, as per Kieran Maguire.

Phil Hay reported on 4 November that the Whites have lost their Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) case over the transfer of Augustin.

The Whites were told to pay the first installment of around €6.7m (£5.85m). The total fee payable is €21million (£18m). Leeds have decided to challenge the decision.

“It is very sketchy,” said Maguire on The Price of Football Podcast.

“It looks like Leeds will certainly have to pay their first instalment. They are going to effectively try to override CAS by taking it to another court, and we have to wait for another development.

“But they would need a better comeback than they had at Elland Road yesterday (5 November).”

The conflict

Augustin joined the Whites on loan in the season when the club got promoted to the Premier League. It was also a special season as football was halted for a long period due to the covid.

There was a clause in Augustin’s contract that Leeds will have to pay an obligation fee of £18m if they were promoted at the end of the season.

Leeds have argued that his loan deal expired on 30th June, and the season was not over by that time. They were not promoted hence there’s no question of paying that amount.

RB Leipzig said that the clause was related to the “end of the season”. CAS has given their verdict in favour of Leipzig because all over the world football wasn’t played for 2-3 months, and clubs more or less agreed to extend the player’s contract to one or two months.

As it stands, if there was a hard clause in the deal that the end of the season means the 30th of June, then the Whites will have a strong case here, otherwise, they will have to face the defeat.

It seems the Whites are not giving up easily, and there could be more twists and turns in this court case saga.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are leading the race to sign an 18-year-old midfielder.