Ghanaian player, Samuel Inkoom has been ordered by Fifa to pay off one Andy Evans, a football agent over services done back in 2011 or serve a one-year ban.
Evans, the Chairman of World in Motion, led his agency to facilitate Inkoom’s €6 million euro move from FC Basel to Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk six years ago.
On December 15, 2014, a Fifa players’ status panel judged a contract dispute filed by agent Andy Evans and ordered the Ghanaian to pay an unspecified amount “based on the representation agreement.”
In addition, Inkoom was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,600) with the agent permitted to request a ban after a 180-day period to settle the debt.
Appeal at CAS
Evans had an agreement to receive “a fee equal to 10 percent of the player’s basic gross income defined as annual salary plus any guaranteed signing-on fees but excluding any benefits which are not guaranteed.”
According to close sources, Inkoom made an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) indicating he did not involve directly in the agreement and that World in Motion dealt with his management team and should be settled at that level.
The former Kotoko defender’s appeal was dismissed with the decision of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee confirmed in full.
Agreement to pay in tranches + Default
When Inkoom sealed a transfer to Turkey, he reached a deal with Mr. Evans to pay the debt (reportedly €325,500) in bits.
He did so to the tune of close to €95,000, starrsportsgh.com gathered.
But Inkoom began to have challenges during his stay with Antalyaspor – with limited game time, the right-back was unable to respect the agreement which pushed Andy Evans to trigger the default clause (a ban after a 180-day period to settle the debt) handed him by Fifa.
The world football governing body initiated moves to get the footballer settle the debt including writing a letter to the Ghana FA who were subsequently informed to “urge Inkoom to pay the money by December 1.”
Samuel Inkoom reportedly informed his creditor of his financial challenges as well as informing him of his decision to take up a free loan move in February 2017 to Vereya in Bulgaria to keep him in shape for a better transfer move in summer 2017.
But Andy Evans, already run out of patience reported the right-back’s breach of their agreement, opting to activate the option of a one-year ban on Inkoom.
Fifa’s final order
With FC Vereya being Samuel Inkoom’s latest club, Fifa, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, informed the Bulgaria Football Union in a letter stating that “pursuant to item 4 of the decision of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee of 15.12.2014”, they implement the suspension of the player’s “competition rights for a period of one year or until the date of payment of the entire amount owed the creditor” [Andy Evans of World in Motion].
- Fifa Statement
Samuel Inkoom, who has represented Ghana and is currently registered for the Bulgarian club FC Vereya, is to serve a ban on taking part in any football-related activity. The ban will last for one year or until Mr Inkoom pays the total outstanding amount owed to his former agent, should this occur before the one-year ban has elapsed.
The origins of the case involve a decision passed by the Bureau of the Players’ Status Committee on 19 March 2014 regarding a contractual dispute, according to which Mr Inkoom was ordered to pay the players’ agent Andy Evans an amount owed to the latter based on the representation agreement between the two parties. The decision was taken on the basis of the FIFA Player’s Agents Regulations in force at the time (2008 edition).*
On 15 December 2014, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to sanction Mr Inkoom with a fine of CHF 20,000 for failing to comply with the decision of the Bureau of the Players’ Status Committee on the basis of art. 64 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. The player was also granted a final period of grace of 180 days to settle his debt upon failure of which the creditor – Mr Evans – would be entitled to request that a one-year ban on taking part in any football-related activity be imposed on Mr Inkoom.
Mr Inkoom appealed the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision at CAS but the appeal was dismissed and the decision of the Disciplinary Committee confirmed in full.
Following the expiry of the final deadline granted, Mr Evans requested that the one-year ban be imposed on Mr Inkoom in accordance with the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. The relevant parties, including the Bulgarian Football Union, which has been requested to implement said ban, have been informed accordingly.