Former Republic of Ireland and Arsenal centre-half David O’Leary has requested assistance from FIFA in his compensation dispute with UAE Pro-League side Al Ahli. O’Leary was sacked by the club just one year into his three-year contract and is still seeking compensation which he says the club have not yet paid him.
O’Leary has brought his case to the English FA have since presented it to FIFA. Head of the Professional Game at the English FA Graham Noakes, said: “Following application from Mr O’Leary’s advisors, the FA has referred this matter to FIFA which has the authority to intervene in disputes of this kind.”
O’Leary has also received support from the English League Managers Association (LMA), with LMA chief executive Richard Bevan telling the media: “David O’Leary has been left with no option but to place his contractual dispute with Al Ahli before the Players’ Status Committee/Dispute Resolution Chamber of FIFA.”
However O’Leary’s former club Al Ahli have refused to comment on the matter.
“I don’t have anything to say about that,” Al Ahli chief executive Ahmed Khalifa Hammad said when asked by media in Qatar if the club still owed monies to the 68 times capped Dubliner who is most famous in Ireland for scoring the penalty which secured the Republic of Ireland’s place in the quarter-finals of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.