Swiss supreme court rules FIFA ban threat unlawful

GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer Published:

GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's supreme court has overruled FIFA's "fundamentally unlawful" threat to ban Brazilian midfielder Matuzalem from any football activity if he failed to pay €11.86 million ($15.8 million) compensation owed to former club Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Swiss Federal Tribunal says it has upheld Matuzalem's appeal because of a "manifest and serious attack on his rights" by FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The federal court objected to FIFA's disciplinary panel giving Shakhtar "arbitrary power" to request Matuzalem's ban if he missed payments.

Matuzalem, who now plays for Lazio, must still pay the compensation plus five percent annual interest.

CAS ordered the sum after Matuzalem broke his Shakhtar contract in July 2007 to join Real Zaragoza.