Wednesday Oct 28, 2020  
  23/07/2013: The Morning Press (23/07/2013)
email print reported yesterday that Mauro Zarate had lost his court case against Claudio Lotito and the player has reacted angrily to the verdict on Twitter, with his words featuring in Corriere dello Sport, La Repubblica and Gazzetta dello Sport to name just a few:

"How the f**k can they say Lotito... he has not won the lawsuit or will he. I will go to FIFA."

The court ruled in Lotito's favour and fined Zarate 10,000 euro for legal fees. Zarate had signed for Vélez Sarsfield citing Article 14 in FIFA's regulations. Article 14 is 'the principle that contracts may be terminated by either party without consequences where there is just cause.' The court have decided that Mauro Zarate did not have just cause to release himself from his contract and he must now return to Lazio as he is contractually obliged to do so for another 12 months. If he takes the case to FIFA, Lazio are likely to push for financial compensation.

Claudio Lotito has given his opinion on how Lazio will respond:

"With Zarate, we will abide by the rules as we have always done. The player has been called to the ritiro in Auronzo di Cadore and he did not show up, because he signed a contract with Vélez. Now we shall see and I repeat - we shall respect the rules."

All this has overshadowed the arrival of Croatian defender Josip Elez, who arrived at Fiumicino airport yesterday. The deal is not yet official but he is expected to undergo a medical and sign a contract, becoming Lazio's sixth signing of the mercato and according to Corriere dello Sport, Lazio's final signing will be a striker. That is because Luis Pedro Cavanda has done a u-turn and signed a contract which will keep him at Lazio until 2018. He is set to earn 260,000 euro next season and 300,000 euro for the remaining four years on his deal. The contract extension is official as S.S. Lazio released a communication about it late yesterday evening.

Finally, ANSA report that Mauri's trial over the calcio scommesse scandal will be tomorrow at 10.30 am and will continue into Thursday.

Author: C
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