FIFA take no Ronaldo action

16 June 2008 06:20
FIFA will take no action against Real Madrid following Manchester United's complaint over their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo. Last week, the European and Premier League champions followed through on an earlier threat to report the Spanish side to the game's global governing body if they continued their relentless chase of the Portugal international. However, FIFA have confirmed they will take no formal action as the Spanish giants appear not to have broken any rules. The Old Trafford club made the official complaint after becoming annoyed at several statements from Real Madrid officials indicating their desire to sign Ronaldo. United are adamant that the 23-year-old winger, who scored 42 goals in all competitions last season, is not for sale at any price. "We can confirm that we received a formal complaint from Manchester United related to the player Cristiano Ronaldo and the club Real Madrid," read a FIFA statement. "From the documentation received, no breach of contract appears to have occurred yet. "Therefore, in accordance with the applicable practice, no kind of formal procedure has been opened by FIFA regarding this matter. "The Spanish Football Federation has been informed of the complaint lodged by the English club and been asked to remind its member club Real Madrid about the potential legal consequences of a breach of contract without just cause during the protected period and of a possible inducement to such a breach of contract, as established by the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players."

Source: ESA