Mallorca seek Jonas compensation
Real Mallorca and Newcastle will settle their differences regarding Jonas Gutierrez at a tribunal in February.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 07/12/08 4:15pm
Real Mallorca and Newcastle will settle their differences regarding Jonas Gutierrez at a New Year tribunal.
The Spanish outfit are seeking £12million in compensation following the Argentine's contentious switch to St James' Park over the summer.
The South American playmaker utilised Fifa's controversial Article 17 in order to complete the deal.
That ruling enables any player between the age of 23 and 28 to buy out their contract if they have been at the same club for three years or more.
However, Mallorca claim they have been left out of pocket and want reimbursing.
The Primera Liga side insist they had struck an £8million deal with Newcastle's Premier League rivals Portsmouth prior to Gutierrez's move to the North East.
As a result, Mallorca are hoping an out-of-court settlement can be agreed which will see them suitably rewarded.
Despite the issue having dragged on for some time the man at the centre of the ordeal, Gutierrez, remains unfazed.
He said: "I have not committed any illegal action because Fifa allow players to break a deal if they have been at a club for three years and are of a certain age."