CAS issues remarkable decision; Kaka, Messi and Diego will not play in Beijing

I am genuinely surprised that the Court for Arbitration of Sport sided with the clubs here and not with FIFA. You have to imagine that FIFA and the IOC will now attempt to codify the “customs” into rules to prevent this from happening again.

Cas found that Fifa’s position was based on custom rather than law, meaning clubs could not be forced to release their players.

The court ruled there was “no specific decision of the Fifa executive committee establishing the obligation for the clubs to release players under 23 for this tournament”.

A statement added: “Cas calls upon the goodwill and the good sense of Fifa and the clubs to find a reasonable solution with regard to players who wish to represent their country in the Olympic Games.”

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