AZ ANGER AT CONNOLLY RULING
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
AZ ALKMAAR have expressed their 'huge disappointment' at the Dutch Football League's decision to ratify David Connolly's transfer to Wimbledon, insisting the whole episode 'leaves a bitter taste in the mouth'.
The Irishman was available on a free after leaving Feyenoord under the Bosman ruling in the summer, and AZ are still insisting that he agreed a contract with them and broke off negotiations illegally.
Despite it seeming that he was on his way to AZ, Wimbledon stepped in and the forward announced he was moving to play in England shortly before the Dutch outfit were to unveil him at a press conference.
AZ complained and the Dutch League suspended the player pending an appeal.
That appeal, though, came down in favour of Wimbledon, with a statement issued by the panel reading: "Because the statements of both parties gave totally different versions on the key facts, a complete agreement on a contract by the conditions that AZ had claimed could not have been reached."
The panel stated that no legal contract between Connolly and AZ existed, and the ruling has angered the Dutch club.
Speaking exclusively to Planetfootball.com, AZ press officer Willem Zeylmans said: "It is a huge disappointment.
"There are still two problems. The first is that we still feel we had an agreement with David Connolly, but the commission said we didn't.
"The second is that we want compensation because Connolly stopped the negotiation process.
"We are still disappointed that the commission did not agree with our statement.
"All we can do is chase some form of compensation for the money we have spent, and we will chase the Dutch FA for that."
Zeylmans outlined their stance for compensation, saying: "At that time in negotiations, you are not allowed to break off and talk to another club, but he found out about Wimbledon and decided to go there instead.
"This is wrong and leaves a bitter taste in the mouth."