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By ESPN Staff

FIFA rule in favour of Boca over Nayar contract

BUENOS AIRES, September 27 (Clausura) - FIFA have ruled that in favour of Boca Juniors regarding their dispute with Spanish side Recreativo Huelva over who Sebastian Nayar is contracted to.

The 20-year-old midfielder controversially joined Recreativo Huelva two months ago even though Boca claimed the player was still contracted to them until 2012.

Boca took the grievance to FIFA's Player Statute Committee with a signed contract by Nayar as the main piece of evidence in their case.

And despite Nayar denying that the signature on the document is his, FIFA have sided with the Argentinian club.

That decision has, unsurprisingly, been applauded by Boca, who claim the verdict as an important precedent against Spanish clubs pilfering their young players.

"We are fighting to have a law of precedent, because there are a lot of Argentinians clubs damaged because of this kind of situations," Boca lawyer Daniel Crespo telling Ole newspaper.

"Boca had a long-term contract with Nayar, as Boca have with all their promising youngsters, but when the player travelled to Spain he denied about signing anything

"We made the investigation aware of the signature and it was proved that the contract is valid.

"In the past FIFA have temporarily authorised players so they can play, but in this case the player will be banned. Even the Spanish side could be punished with a two-year ban to sign new players."

Recreativo have confirmed they intend to appeal the decision with the help of an impartial handwriting expert.

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