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ZURICH---Fifa has welcomed a
legal win in a Belgian court which
upholds its ban on third-party
investors owning players transfer
The local court in Brussels rejected
legal arguments that the ban broke
European Union competition laws,
Fifa said in a statement yesterday.
Banning third-party ownership
(TPO) is "indispensable for preserv-
ing clubs' and players' independence
and for ensuring the integrity of
matches and competitions," Fifa
The case to suspend implement-
ing Fifa's ban was brought by
lawyers for the Doyen Sports Invest-
ments fund and Belgian second-
division club Seraing United.
The third-party investment model
was most popular with agents,
investors and clubs in Latin America,
Spain and Portugal. They argue it
let clubs sign players who otherwise
cost too much.
Critics said the investment model
sucked money from football, caused
players to be transferred for prof-
it-taking rather than sporting rea-
sons and threatened the game's
The Fifa ban was agreed by its
executive committee and took effect
in May, following a campaign by
UEFA and international players'
union FIFPro have teamed up to
fight another test of TPO's legality.
They asked the European Commis-
sion also to impose a ban, countering
an earlier protest against Fifa filed
to the commission by the leagues
in Spain and Portugal.
The Brussels court's decision on
Friday is the second defeat this
month for lawyer Jean-Louis
Dupont fighting football's governing
Dupont was part of Doyen's legal
team and also represented fan groups
and a Belgian player's agent in an
action against UEFA's Financial Fair
Play rules which failed at the Euro-
pean Union's Court of Justice.
The Belgian lawyer made his
name 20 years ago by winning the
landmark Bosman ruling which gave
players greater contractual freedom.
Fifa welcomes legal win for
ban on third-party ownership
MONTREAL---The Montreal Impact
added an established scoring presence
when they traded for former Chelsea
striker Didier Drogba yesterday.
Drogba moves to North America fol-
lowing his second spell at Chelsea,
where he won the league title last sea-
son. The 37-year-old Ivory Coast for-
ward signed with the Chicago Fire, who
then sent him to the Impact for general
and targeted allocation money.
Drogba is expected to join Impact
later this week after receiving his inter-
national transfer certificate and work
"It's an honour to welcome Didier
Drogba to the Impact," club president
Joey Saputo said.
Drogba scored 163 goals and won
four Premier League titles in two stints
with Chelsea. He had the winning
penalty kick as Chelsea won its first
Champions League crown in 2012.
The Impact had been seeking an elite
forward since Italian veteran Marco Di
Vaio, who joined the club as a desig-
nated player in its first MLS campaign
in 2012, retired after last season.
"We are very excited and thrilled to
add to our roster a player with an
exceptional career," Montreal technical
director Adam Braz said.
Drogba split his childhood between
the Ivory Coast and France, and he
began his career in the French second
division with Le Mans in 1998. He also
played at Guingamp and Marseille
before transferring to Chelsea in 2004.
With the Blues, Drogba won the Pre-
mier League's golden boot award in
2007 and 2010 and became Chelsea's
fourth-highest scorer in team history.
He also is the Ivory Coast's career
leading scorer with 65 goals in 104
international games, and he helped the
country to World Cup appearances in
2006, 2010 and 2014. He announced
his retirement from international com-
petition following last year's World Cup
Juventus to visit Roma
in 2nd round of Serie A
MILAN---Four-time defending cham-
pion Juventus will face its biggest title
challenger from the past two seasons
shortly after the start of the new Serie
League officials unveiled the Serie A
schedule yesterday and Juventus will
visit Roma in the second round of
matches after hosting Udinese in its
opening game on August 22 or 23.
Sinisa Mihajlovic will debut as AC
Milan manager at Fiorentina.
The Milan derby is scheduled for the
third round and Napoli hosts Lazio the
following week in a rematch of a game
that determined third place and a berth
in Champions League qualifying at the
end of the last season---with Lazio com-
ing out ahead.
The always-heated Rome derby is
scheduled for the weekends of October
31 and March 19. (AP)
Impact acquires former
Chelsea striker Drogba
ed has signed Argentina goalkeeper
Sergio Romero to a three-year deal
on a free transfer.
The 28-year-old Romero previ-
ously played for United manager
Louis van Gaal at Dutch club AZ
Romero will provide competition
for Spanish keeper David De Gea ---
currently pursued by Real Madrid ---
while Victor Valdes is set to be sold
after Van Gaal said he refused to play
in the reserves. Romero has played
62 matches for Argentina and played
in the 2014 World Cup final against
title-winner Germany. He made his
senior club debut at Racing Club in
2007 before moving to AZ and most
recently Italy's Sampdoria.
Man United signs Argentina 'keeper Romero on free transfer
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