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Wes Set To Miss Leicester?

It is becoming increasingly unlikely that Irish winger, Wes Hoolahan will start the season a Blackpool player.

Vital understands - with the potential right to appeal - that a final decision could well drag on as late as September, without Hoolahan kicking a ball for any club - which he cannot do without an International Transfer Certificate - the base of the dispute between 'Pool and Livi.

FIFA have asked The Seasiders and Livingston for the second time - as reported on here and in The Blackpool Gazette - to produce more documentation from the past year whilst in the loan agreement with Livingston and Hoolahan. We understand that the deadline for this new information is 27th July - this Friday.

Once the new documentation is sent to FIFA, the 'Dispute Resolution Chamber` (DRC) will then make a decision one way or the other within 60 days. If the dispute is clear-cut (which I very much doubt) it can be sorted by one judge, which can be done relatively quickly; however it is more likely that a panel of three people will be used to make a judgement on the transfer, which as previously stated, will be made within 60 days.

That sounds bad, but it gets worse…

Even if a judgement was made by the DRC on day one and went in our favour, it would still be almost impossible for Hoolahan to start the new season a 'Pool player. Livingston - if they disagree with the verdict (which somehow seems oh so possible!) - then have the right to appeal to the 'Court of Arbitration for Sport` who then review all appropriate evidence again, which won`t happen overnight, and then give its ruling, either for or against the original decision made by the DRC.

It looks as though the best case scenario would be that:
-The DRC makes a decision as soon as possible.
-Livi accepts the decision and all parties move on quickly.

The more likely scenario would be that:
-The DRC take time in making a decision, which could take a month or two.
-Livi appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
-With limitless time, we could be well into the season before Wes pulls on a 'Pool shirt.

Given the best case scenario, it seems unlikely that Wes Hoolahan will be fully match fit for the season anyway, and much like last season, his 'pre season` will in effect be the opening games of the league campaign.

The journalist

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Date:Monday July 23 2007

Time: 4:59PM

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Ouch. That is all.
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23/07/2007 17:04:00

And all because he were late with our payments. Thank you Mr HP - Hire Purchase as opposed to Harry Potter!
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23/07/2007 17:06:00

We were told that payments were made late because Livi were late sending the invoices. But this is BFC we are talking about so the truth could be anything. Whatever it is, this is a hell of a mess which it need not have been.
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23/07/2007 18:48:00

Thats a ***** up ! good news for GTF and a few others though
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23/07/2007 19:28:00

not good news. SORT IT OUT?
Darren B
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23/07/2007 19:41:00


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