CBF vetoes Robinho's move to Real

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> The Brazilian Soccer Confederation said Friday that it will not allow Robinho's transfer to Real Madrid.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:54 IST
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The Brazilian Soccer Confederation said Friday that it will not allow Robinho's transfer to Real Madrid unless the US$50 million buyout clause stipulated in the player's contract with Santos is fully paid. The Brazilian confederation, or CBF, also alerted that FIFA may give Robinho a four-month suspension if he breaks his contract with Santos. "CBF cannot allow the transfer because the current request does not follow the requirements of the law," the confederation said in statement released on its Web site. "In Robinho's contract, there is a buyout clause of US$50 million ... which has not been paid yet." Madrid said Thursday it had paid US$30 million for Santos' 60 per cent stake of buyout clause, and Robinho and his agent Wagner Ribeiro, who together own the remainder of the 21-year-old forward's playing rights, would waive their portion of the fee in order to facilitate the deal. The confederation said that Robinho was not free to forego his share of the fee because the clubs hadn't agreed to reduce the buyout clause. "If the player appeals to a labor court, we will inform FIFA," CBF lawyer Valed Perry told the Folhade S. Paulo newspaper earlier Friday. "Robinho will achieve nothing and in addition he will be suspended. If he appeals directly to FIFA he won't achieve anything either." According to CBF, FIFA can suspend Robinho for up to four months if the player breaks his contract with Santos while a competition is underway. Ribeiro may also be suspended by FIFA for orienting Robinho to break the contract. Santos president Marcelo Teixeira is trying to retain Robinho for at least one more season. Robinho, whose contract with Santos runs until 2008, has refused to train with the Brazilian club since helping Brazil win the Confederations Cup in late June, and has missed seven Brazilian championship matches. He has been fined an undisclosed amount by Santos for every day he has failed to appear. (AP)

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