FIFA block Swansea transfers

Swansea remain the 8/13 favourites to be relegated

Swansea have been denied international clearance by FIFA for the signings of defensive duo Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche.

The Swans had agreed a fee of £250,000 for the transfer of Situ from Lens and terms with Fulham regarding a loan deal for Halliche on deadline day. However, technical matters delayed the move and FIFA have now decided not to grant international clearance for either player, despite the backing of the Premier League, The FAW, The FA, French Federation and the PFA.

“The club is currently waiting for official written confirmation from Fifa before considering entering into an appeals process,” said a statement on the club’s website.

“Swansea City is disappointed with Fifa's decision and are currently pursuing other options to strengthen the squad.”

The Wales club had already received clearance for another deadline day transfer when it was confirmed last week that Fede Bessone would be eligible to play for the club following a free transfer form Leeds.

Manager Brendan Rodgers had expressed his frustration at the delay early last week admitting that his squad could be left a little light if the deals weren’t given the green light.

“It's very frustrating,” confessed the Swansea boss. "The bigger picture is we would be very vulnerable if they don't go through.

“I have a number of players who are versatile, but it would not be ideal if we lose these deals.”

Swansea face West Brom at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday and are priced at 13/8 to get their first win of the season. They remain the 8/13 favourites to be relegated at the end of their first season in the Premier League.

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 15/09/2011 - 15:08 PM
Filed in:- Swansea Betting News, Swansea, Southampton