Lassana Diarra ordered to pay £6.8m fine to Lokomotiv Moscow
By Allan Valente
Last Updated: 28/05/16 7:22pm
Lassana Diarra has been ordered to pay a 10m euro (£6.8m) fine to former club Lokomotiv Moscow for breach of contract by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The French international, who now plays for Marseille, was also hit with a 15-month ban and a salary suspension, both of which he has already served.
The 31-year-old midfielder joined Anzhi Makhachkala from Real Madrid in August 2012 but moved to Lokomotiv Moscow in 2013 on a four-year deal. However, he quit the club a year later notably because of a salary cut.
Lokomotiv took the case to FIFA for breach of contract with the world body ruling in their favour, slapping Diarra with a 10m euro fine and preventing him from playing for another club for 15 months.
"I take note today of notification from CAS of the punishment concerning me. It boils down to 15 months match suspension (already served), 15 months salary suspension (already served), 110,000 euros for the benefit of CAS, 10 million euro fine," Diarra wrote on Twitter.
"I will accept the situation as I have always done in the past," said Diarra, who joined French Ligue 1 side Marseille in July 2015. "I thank those who supported me during this difficult time and as I said it's something I wouldn't wish on any other player."
Diarra, who has played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid, has been called up by France for Euro 2016 starting on June 10.