Cassano dispute resolved
An arbitration council has ruled Antonio Cassano should return to the Sampdoria squad.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 16/12/10 6:13pm
The Italian league has resolved the dispute between Sampdoria and Antonio Cassano, ruling that the striker will return to the squad in the New Year.
The Serie A cub had asked to terminate Cassano's contract but an arbitration council ruled on Thursday that the Italy striker should be reinstated to the Sampdoria squad from January 1.
They also concluded that the 28-year-old, who signed a contract with Sampdoria until 2013, must take a 50 per cent reduction in his annual salary from 3million euros to 1.5million.
However, it looks certain the former Roma and Real Madrid star has played his last game for the club as they are set to cash in during the January transfer window.
AC Milan are thought to have joined the race to sign Cassano, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and Roma also interested.
Cassano has not been involved with Domenico Di Carlo's squad since verbally abusing club president Riccardo Garrone after he ignored a request to attend an awards ceremony in late October.
Sampdoria asked Italian league authorities for consent to annul the player's current deal with immediate effect and an arbitration hearing was scheduled for last Friday.
Although that and a second hearing was cancelled on Monday, a decision has now been reached.