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The case of Ezekiel Fryers

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Tottenham have signed former Manchester United and Standard Liege fullback Ezekiel Fryers on Thursday for a reported fee of £3 million, only six months after the youngster joined the Belgian club on a two-year contract.

The news has infuriated Alex Ferguson, the United manager, who has accused Spurs of a “blatant manipulation” of transfer rules over this signing and has demanded urgent investigation into the circumstances from Premier League’s governing bodies.

fryers The case of Ezekiel Fryers

Ferguson was quoted in the BBC about the suspicious transfer activity surrounding Ezekiel Fryers:

“They tried to buy him from us at the end of last season.

“They then took him on trial and said they couldn’t afford him and all of a sudden he signed for Standard Liege.

“I think the league should look into it and I think they should stop his registration until they examine it.”

Spurs initially enquired about the 20-year-old, who was out of contract at Old Trafford, last season. Ezekiel Fryers was offered a new contract by the club but the England U-19 international turned it down and instead signaled his intentions of leaving the club.

United seeing little hope in persuading him demanded a fee of £6 million as compensation which Tottenham Hotspur refused to pay.

In England, whenever a player under the age of 23 leaves the club once his contract expires, his new club must pay a compensation fee to the player’s former club as a token or reward for nurturing and developing him.

The rule doesn’t apply to any foreign clubs but according to reports from The Times, Liege have paid £250,000 following the guidelines of FIFA’s compensation rules.

Ferguson feels that Spurs have deliberately manufactured the situation so that they don’t have to pay higher fees in getting the player’s signature.

However, Tottenham are confident with the signing as the North Londoners feel they have adhered to the rules properly.

According to them, Ezekiel Fryers was feeling homesick and was not a part of the new manager’s plan at the Belgian club, so the player’s representative contacted the clubs in England which allowed Spurs to enter the foray and finally sign him.

Comments (4)

  1. nothink to this story just alex jealous and paranoid

  2. What a lot of fuss about nothing. Fergie just doesn’t like having anyone getting one over him. He was quite happy to flout the rules when he hijacked Berbatov when on his way to speak to City. He was grinning like a Cheshire Cat then.
    In the Fryers case, the rules are at fault by differentiating the rule between foreign and domestic clubs. United sought to take advantage of this by asking a ridiculous £6m in compensation which was way over the value of the player. How very dare these upstarts from London take a player from the great United!! Calm down dear (Sir Alex)and be reasonable. Spurs would have probably paid £3m and everyone would be happy but £6m? – No. So United get the “token” £250k from Standard Liege.
    So what if this was all arranged before hand? It’s Furious Fergie who is to blame. The ‘great man’ concedes that Spurs have nbot broken any rules but on his say so expects an inquiry to be launched delving into phone records etc. He’s mental.

  3. £6 million for an untried 19 year-old, on a youth salary, at the end of his contract. Sounds like someone was trying to manipulate the FA tribunal.It has Sir Alex Ferguson’s fingerprints all over it.

  4. Well john, rumour has it that fergy was sitting on that tribunal panel