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Dec 31, 2002

Striker Sychev in trouble again

MOSCOW, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Former Spartak Moscow striker Dmitry Sychev, already serving a four-month ban for walking out on his club, has found himself in hot water again for apparently agreeing deals with two new clubs.

Dynamo Kiev boss Igor Surkis has accused Sychev of failing to keep a gentleman's agreement with the Ukrainian side and instead choosing Olympique Marseille.

"I was shocked to see a fax in which Sychev had informed us of his intention to break his five-year contract with Dynamo," Surkis was quoted as saying by Russian daily Sovietsky Sport on Monday.

"It's against the law to sign contracts with two different clubs and if that turns out to be the case with Sychev, then he will be banned from the game," Russian soccer chief Vyacheslav Koloskov was quoted as saying by Sport-Express newspaper.

Surkis said he had given Sychev an advance payment towards the Kiev deal and threatened to ask FIFA to suspend the player if he signs with the French club.

Olympique announced on their website last week that they were poised to sign Sychev, who left Moscow for Marseille on Sunday, on January 1.

The 19-year-old - one of Russia's top performers at the World Cup - was banned by the Russian Professional Football League for four months in September for leaving Spartak. His ban is due to expire on January 4.

In August, Sychev submitted a written request to scrap his contract with Spartak after accusing the club of failing to pay a £6,600 signing bonus.

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