By Joe Ellis

4th Jan, 2022 | 8:10pm

Leeds United set for March Court for Arbitration in Sport date against RB Leipzig

Leeds United have added another appearance to their schedule for March with their compensation case against RB Leipzig set for 15 March, according to Alan Nixon.

The two clubs have disputed financial complications over the loan of Jean-Kevin Augustin since Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League and the German club filed an official claim to FIFA in December of 2020.

Over one year later, a court date has finally been set at the Court for Arbitration in Sport to settle the dispute.

Leeds’ Fault?

The loan deal for the French striker was agreed in January 2020, months before the Whites were confirmed to return to the Premier League.

A clause in Augustin’s loan deal stated that Leeds were mandated to pay Leipzig £18million if they were to achieve promotion that campaign.

As we know, they did just that but they then didn’t execute the clause in the loan deal as they believed that the contract had run its cause thanks to COVID-19 extending the season beyond the end of June.

They, therefore, believed they weren’t required to pay the £18million to Leipzig and did not offer the striker a new deal.

In all of this, Augustin became a forgotten man as the club’s disputed the finances.

The now 24-year-old was a free agent for months before he wound up at FC Nantes in his native France where he has rarely featured in Ligue 1.

If the Court for Arbitration in Sport rules in Leipzig’s favour, the Whites will have to pay a considerable amount to the German club but it shouldn’t impact their January transfer plans.

In other Leeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa could be hours away from his first January signing.