By Jack Cunningham

8th Oct, 2021 | 8:10pm

Leeds United: Case over Jean-Kevin Augustin should be heard in the new year

Leeds United and their Jean-Kevin Augustin case is likely to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] in the new year.

FIFA ruled in RB Leipzig’s favour initially and ordered the Whites to pay the fee that they owe the Bundesliga club, but the Whites are appealing [Kicker].

This has dragged on for so long, and in the end, 48 minutes of game time could cost Leeds a huge sum of money.

Phil Hay has now shared an update, saying: “Oh yes, Mr Augustin.

“FIFA ruled against Leeds and in RB Leipzig’s favour earlier this year, but Leeds are appealing the judgment, and the case is due to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“It’s likely to be heard in the new year, and a sum close to £20million rests on this.”

Leeds need to avoid paying this money.

Close to £20million is a lot for the Whites anyway, but after a year impacted by Covid, this is the last thing they need.

The Frenchman was a total failure for the Whites and managed just three appearances due to injury.

The fact that he could now cost them close to £20million is ridiculous, but given that FIFA initially ruled against them, you would think they are going to face a bit of a battle.

Hopefully, Leeds can win their court case and get this transfer fee scrapped.

Ultimately, the season was extended during the 2019/20 campaign, so in our view, Augustin’s clause shouldn’t have been activated. Leeds could really do with winning this case and saving a big chunk of money in the long run.

Augustin’s career has gone down the pan since his dreadful spell at Elland Road, and the club should be spared the burden of having to pay for him.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites might struggle to keep Raphinha after his Brazil debut.