The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently issued a decision on appeals lodged by Colombian international Elkin Soto Jaramillo and his current team FSV Mainz, respectively by his former club CD Once Caldas, essentially confirming a previous decision from the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC). This decision by CAS supports FIFA's aim of safeguarding the principle of maintenance of contractual stability between professional football players and clubs.
The CAS confirmed on 10 July 2008 that Elkin Soto Jaramillo and FSV Mainz shall jointly pay compensation for breach of contract to the Colombian club CD Once Caldas at the amount of EUR 150,000, and that the player shall be banned from participating in official matches for a period of four months as from the notification of the decision of the CAS, less a period of 58 days of suspension he already served.
In its decision of 28 September 2007, the DRC had determined that the player had breached his contract with CD Once Caldas by signing a labour agreement with FSV Mainz while still being contractually bound to the Colombian club. The verdict of the DRC has now been confirmed by the CAS.
During the proceedings before the DRC and the CAS, the player had claimed that his employment contract with CD Once Caldas had expired before he entered into an agreement with FSV Mainz in January 2007, but this reasoning was dismissed by both the DRC and the CAS, which considered that at that time there was still a valid employment relationship between the player and the Colombian club.