Leeds forced to pay £6m for each appearance Championship flop made at club

Leeds United have been forced to pay RB Leipzig £18.4million for Jean-Kevin Augustin – after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal.

Augustin joined Leeds on loan in 2020, when the Peacocks were still a Championship side. The Frenchman had an obligation to buy clause in the contract should Leeds reach the Premier League – which they did in August.

However, after Augustin had only totalled three appearances in that time, Leeds declined to pay the fee, with Augustin's loan ending before Leeds were promoted to England's top tier. But the Yorkshire outfit have now been forced to pay the fee by CAS.

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Leeds released a statement: "Leeds United are surprised and disappointed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision.

"[It] not only contradicts the language and meaning of the contract but also the practices adopted in European football under Fifa regulations, due to the unique impact of the extensions to the season necessitated by Covid postponements.

"The club will now review carefully all of its legal options with a view to an immediate appeal."

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Augustin left Leipzig that summer for French side Nantes, and he currently plays for Swiss side Basel.

CAS said: "The CAS panel has dismissed the appeal filed and confirmed the obligation of LUFC to pay to RB Leipzig the first instalment of the transfer fee, i.e. euros 6,740,174.

"Further to its deliberations, the panel held that the purchase obligation had been triggered at the end of the 2019-2020 season, even though the season had concluded later than expected due to the disruption caused by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic."


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