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Striker Samir Nurkovic. Photo: Twitter @UnplayableZA

Former Chiefs striker wins landmark case against Royal AM

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Samir Nurkovic has reportedly won a landmark ‘breach of contract’ case against former club Royal AM.

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Striker Samir Nurkovic. Photo: Twitter @UnplayableZA

Last year, more details emerged into Samir Nurkovic’s acrimonious exit from Royal AM after an ill-fated move from Kaizer Chiefs.

Towards the end of 2022, it was first revealed by reliable online source Unplayable that “Samir Nurkovic’s legal team led by Davor Lazic had taken Royal AM to FIFA, after the striker parted ways with the club” while refuting the manner in which his contract was terminated, as well as questioning alleged unpaid salaries.

It’s now reported that “Nurkovic has won his case against Royal AM. FIFA ruled in his favour (for breach of contract). Royal AM must pay out Nurkovic’s full 2-year contract before 19 June 2023 or face a transfer ban.”

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Below is a recap into the details surrounding the former Chiefs player’s case

Back in November, his representative Davor Lazic opened up about their case in an interview with KickOff.com.

“The player is no longer with Royal AM because they terminated his contract after sending a letter with a month’s notice on September 23. It is a matter now before FIFA’s dispute resolution committee.

“Royal AM have not made payment of a single Rand to my client and in that regard, we sent them a letter after three months as a notice in relation to breach of contract. However, they didn’t respond, but then chose to state that the player has been on sick leave since the beginning of his employment contract, and they have taken the decision to terminate his contract.”

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However, Lazic stated that Nurkovic was able to play soon after in the Macufe Cup, but was continually overlooked.

“From July 1 until today he was never paid anything and there was no other option to take than take the matter to FIFA. He didn’t want to terminate the contract, but the club terminated the contract without just cause.”

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Nurkovic endured a nightmare few months at Royal AM

As first reported by SABC Sport in early October, the Serbian forward had been given “30 days to leave the club due to him being on ‘sick leave’ and ‘exhausting’ the period allowed for being on the mend”.

Nurkovic had been unable to feature in a top-flight fixture for Royal AM, and it appeared that the club may have grown exasperated by the indefinite injury absence.

Legal matters have been escalated to the global governing body FIFA in hopes of resolving what has become a bizarre ongoing issue.

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