Flamini appeal flounders
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The CAS has rejected Marseille's appeal over Arsenal's signing of Mathieu Flamini.The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an appeal from Marseille over Arsenal's signing of French youngster Mathieu Flamini in July 2004.
The midfielder joined the Highbury ranks in a controversial move as he rejected an offer of a professional contract from l'OM and instead committed his future to The Gunners.
The decision infuriated the French outfit, who then filed a case against Arsenal which saw Fifa award $480,000 (£272,000) to Marseille by way of compensation, but authorised Flamini to turn out for the London side.
An appeal against this ruling has now been quashed, meaning Arsenal are free to continue using the star, who has already made 12 appearances this season.
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the appeal filed by Olympique de Marseille and has confirmed the authorisation granted by Fifa to Arsenal FC to register the player Mathieu Flamini," read a CAS statement.
"The CAS has also confirmed the training compensation of $480,000 allocated to Olympique de Marseille by Fifa."
Since leaving l'OM, Flamini has made over 40 appearances for Arsene Wenger's side, and has taken on a more prominent role in the squad after Patrick Vieira's departure to Juventus.Arsenal themselves have welcomed the decision, portraying it as a vindication of the actions of both club and player.
"We are pleased that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has supported Fifa's decision and rejected the claims of Olympique Marseille," read a statement from the London side.
"The decision shows that Arsenal Football Club and Mathieu Flamini have at all times acted appropriately in this matter.
"Both the club and the player are looking forward to putting this behind them and moving on."