Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has been ordered to pay former club Fenerbahce $2.3 million in damages before he can join another club.
The 28-year-old central midfielder has been a free agent since leaving the Turkish outfit last year having endured a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
Earlier this year, Appiah spent on trial at Tottenham Hotspur, with Arsenal believed to have considered offering the midfielder a deal while Cesc Fabregas was out injured and West Ham were also linked with the player.
However, nothing ever materialised.
And despite also having trained with Russian champions Rubin Kazan, where a deal again failed to emerge, the former Juventus powerhouse has now revealed that he will not yet be able to sign for a new side, after FIFA found in Fenerbahce's favour following a complaint that Appiah walked out on them while still under contract.
Fenerbahce have reportedly even appealed against the penalty, insisting that $2.3 million is not enough, with FIFA expected to make a final decision on the matter in July.
“The fitness side has been solved and my knees feel fine now,” Appiah said on JoyFM.
“We now have to urgently deal with the FIFA issue, but I believe everything will be resolved in July and I will play again.”comments