N'Zogbia to stay with Magpies
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle will not have to return Charles N'Zogbia to Le Havre after a CAS ruling.Newcastle United will not have to return Charles N'Zogbia to Le Havre, following a ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
N'Zogbia joined The Magpies in the summer of 2004, after a successful trial spell, but Le Havre tried to block the move.
Le Havre claimed that the teenager had signed an education contract with them and was, therefore, not free to sign for Newcastle.
The case went to Fifa's Dispute Resolution Chamber, who decided The Magpies must pay é¼300,000 (£200,000) compensation to Le Havre but did not have to send N'Zogbia back to France.
This decision was appealed by Le Havre and they went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have Fifa's ruling annulled.
But the CAS have dismissed Le Havre's request to have the transfer invalidated and have deemed N'Zogbia can stay at St James' Park.
The Premiership club, though, must still compensate Le Havre to the tune of £200,000.
N'Zogbia has gradually worked his way into Graeme Souness' plans on Tyneside and has featured regularly this season.