The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently issued a decision in the appeal arbitration proceedings between the Czech player Tomas Mica, Swiss side FC Wil 1900, the Bulgarian club PFC Naftex AC Bourgas and FIFA, supporting FIFA's aim of safeguarding the principle of maintenance of contractual stability between professional football players and clubs.
The CAS decided on 24 December 2008 that Mica and FC Wil 1900 shall jointly pay compensation for breach of contract to the Bulgarian club PFC Naftex AC Bourgas, at the amount of Bulgarian Leva BGN 90'000, and that the player shall be banned from participating in official matches for a period of four months.
In its decision on 30 November 2007, the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) had determined that the player, while being under contract with PFC Naftex AC Bourgas, had breached that contract by signing another contract with FC Wil 1900 partially covering the same period of time without previously having obtained the consent of the Bulgarian club.
During the proceedings before the DRC and the CAS, the player and FC Wil 1900 claimed that the player had just cause to terminate his contract with PFC Naftex AC Bourgas due to outstanding salary payments. This reasoning was, however, dismissed, as it was considered that the player had been paid all his due salaries.