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Capello may sue Russian football authorities over wage arrears — agent

May 07, 2015, 19:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Capello’s son Pier Filippo, who also acts as his manager, said they could start working on the claim if the Russian Football Union does not pay immediately
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Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello

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MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. Russian national football team’s Head Coach Fabio Capello could go to a court against the Russian Football Union (RFU) in case the national football governing body fails to repay him the salary for April, as well as the amount underpaid from the eight-month wage payment, Capello’s son Pier Filippo, who also acts as his manager, told TASS on Thursday.

"We will be sending a letter to the RFU asking for the immediate payment of the missing piece," he said.

He said that they could start working on the claim "if the RFU does not pay immediately."

"Fabio does not want to start a claim against the RFU," he said. "He does not want to act against his employers."

Pier Filippo Capello said his father is "considering all the options" of solving the debt problem and hoped for "a more effective solution."

Capello and Oreste Cinquini, the Russian football team’s general manager, had been unpaid between last June and December.

On February 5, Russian billionaire businessman Alisher Usmanov extended 400 million rubles ($5.96 million) loan to the RFU to repay Capello’s wage arrears.

The RFU said in its statement on February 6 that it executed "the necessary financial transactions to repay wages to head coach of the Russian national team Fabio Capello," and thanked both Mutko and Usmanov for their help in the settlement of the debt repayment issue.

In late February, however, Pier Filippo Capello already voiced concerns with regard to his father’s wage arrears payment, saying that the RFU was trying to play with the ruble’s volatility and repay the debt to the Italian coach at the currency exchange rate different from the current level.

Russia’s ruble slumped to a record low of 80 rubles to the dollar in mid-December, compared to an average of 38 rubles in September. The Russian currency currently stands at little below 50 rubles to the dollar. It was traded at 33 rubles to the dollar at the start of 2014.

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