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On Monday 21 December the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued its decision in the case regarding Doyen Sports and Sporting Clube de Portugal over the Marcos Rojo transfer from that club to Manchester United in 2014.


Doyen Sports refrained from making any public comment until now, as the CAS rules dictated that the final decision in this case was to remain confidential. However, following Sportings immediate breach of the confidentiality ruling, the CAS issued its own media statement on Thursday 24 December in order to clarify its ruling. Doyen welcomes the CASs statement. For the purposes of full transparency, Doyen Sports has granted the CAS permission to publish its decision in full, subject to Sportings approval. This is vital as it would allow the media and public full access to all the facts in the case.


Before issuing its decision, the CAS held a hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland and conducted an in-depth examination of all aspects of the dispute. At the conclusion of that process, having heard the arguments of both sides, CAS rejected every single claim presented by Sporting, completely vindicating the position of Doyen, as demonstrated by the findings published by the CAS on Thursday.


Based on the full hearing of the case with a multitude of arguments on both sides, the validity and enforceability of the contracts signed between Doyen and Sporting was confirmed, with the CAS ruling as follows:


1) Sporting is ordered to pay to Doyen EUR10.050.000 plus interest;


2) Sporting is also ordered to pay to Doyen £1.433.596,15 (EUR 1.955.225) plus interest;


3) Sporting is ordered to pay to Doyen 75% of any amount that might accrue to Sporting as a consequence of its right to 20% of the excess of any future transfer compensation of Marcos Rojo above EUR23.000.000.


These amounts have to be added to EUR4.500.000 already paid by Sporting to Doyen in September 2014, at the time of the unilateral termination of the contractual relationship with Doyen. The combined total is over EUR17.000.000, contrasting with a significantly lower amount proposed by Doyen to Sporting in August 2014.


This decision by the CAS, acknowledged as the worlds "supreme court" of sport, brings to a satisfactory conclusion the only legal dispute Doyen Sports has ever had in its history, with any of the dozens of clubs it has worked with.


"Following this case, heard in the most prestigious chamber in international sports law, the validity and integrity of the activity carried out by Doyen Sports in the football industry is now ratified. Every deal we do contractually ensures that clubs have control of their own transfer policy, and that players have the final say on where they want to play, especially as the player is not part of the contract. We dont own anybody and thats the major difference between TPO (Third Party Ownership) and the business model we defend: TPI (Third Party Investment). The CAS decision also serves to reinforce the reputation of Doyen Sports and those who work for it. In a transparent and regulated environment, TPI can be a safe, accessible and sustainable tool for clubs to bring in top talent, improving their competitiveness on the main stages of world football. We dont want to live in a world where only rich clubs can win trophies", said Doyen Sports CEO Nélio Lucas.


Doyen Sports regrets that throughout these proceedings, whilst Doyen respected the confidentiality of the arbitration process, Sporting Clube de Portugal repeatedly defamed Doyen Sports.


Doyen Sports will now initiate proceedings against those who attacked the reputation of the company and its CEO, to seek reparation and compensation for the constant defamation it has been subject to since August 2014.