Lanus ask for Ibagaza ban

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ARGENTINE club Lanus have demanded the Spanish Football Federation prevent Atletico Madrid from selecting Ariel Ibagaza until the two clubs resolve their financial wrangle.

Atletico have lured the classy midfielder to Vicente Calderon from Mallorca but are embroiled in a cash row with Lanus.

Ibagaza was jointly owned by Lanus and Mallorca but Atletico failed to reach a financial agreement with the Argentine outfit.

With the situation at an impasse, Lanus have asked the Spanish federation to step into the saga and put the block on Atletico fielding Ibagaza.

"We have sent a letter to the Spanish federation with all the details of what has happened," said Lanus vice-president Nicolas Russo.

"In that letter we also ask the Spanish federation to not let the player play anymore until this problem gets resolved.

"The money that we had to pay for the other 50 percent of the transfer has already been paid by us."

Russo also admitted the club's attempts to contact Mallorca and Ibagaza have met with failure and has singled out the 26-year-old's agent as the man responsible for the problem.

He added: "No, we can't speak to the people from the club and with the people that represent the player.

"They know why they don't want to answer our calls. When you proceed in the wrong way you have to hide yourself and that is what they are doing.

"We should have known that this was going to happen. I said a year ago and repeated it six months ago that Alejandro Caamano, the agent of Ibagaza, was going to cheat us because he was offering the player as if he was out of contract and that was what happened."