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Vogts drags NFA to FIFA …Over unpaid wages

Coach Berti Vogts has returned to Fifa to ask the governing body to act on Nigeria Football Association (NFA)’s refusal to pay monies owed him.

Despite the claim by the former Eagles coach, NFA boss, Sani Lulu, insists the issue was resolved two days ago.

Fifa ordered the NFA to pay the German an undisclosed amount four months ago as his unpaid wages during his stint as Nigeria coach.

With the 30-day deadline elapsing by over eight weeks, the NFA has still not paid the amount due Vogts, his lawyer Stefan von Moers claimed.

Shapping up ••• Eagles' former Technical Adviser, Berti Vogts (middle), in a training session with his boys on their way to the Nations Cup in Ghana in 2008. He is asking to be paid.

The dispute now looks set to rumble on with Vogts taking the Nigerians to Fifa’s disciplinary committee to take action.

“We have no option but to return to Fifa to ask the disciplinary committee to act on the Nigerian FA’s refusal to pay up,” Moers told BBC Sport.

“Fifa ruled in our favour way back in December and it’s now eight weeks since that ruling and we have heard nothing from the Nigerians.”

Even though Moers claims that the money has not been paid, Lulu is confident the NFA will not be troubled with Fifa’s disciplinary committee.

He says the stand-off arose because they got the wrong account details of the German which led to the delay in payment.

“I don’t think we are in trouble with Fifa. The issue was solved two days ago so when the coach checks his account he will see the money,” Lulu told BBC Sport.

“The initial account number we had for Vogts was wrong and it took some time for the bankers to get back to us as it is a foreign transaction.

“We got the correct bank account two days ago and we have sent the money to his account so there should be no problems.”

Fifa confirmed that they ruled in favour of Vogts after he reported the NFA for ending his contract early without paying him off.

The German was fired after the Super Eagles dismal showing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations with three months left on his contract.

“We can confirm that based on a claim from the German coach Berti Vogts against the Nigeria Football Federation, the Single Judge of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee passed a decision in the matter on 10 December 2009,” a Fifa spokesman told BBC Sport.

“The findings of the decision were formally notified to the parties on 16 December 2009.

“An amount corresponding to certain unpaid wages was awarded to the coach.”

Vogts, who is the current coach of Azerbaijan, led his native Germany to the European title in 1996.


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