Update: Timbers avoid FIFA transfer ban over Niezgoda payments

by Charlie Folkestad
Jaroslaw Niezgoda Timbers

The Portland Timbers may be facing a FIFA transfer ban for failing to make solidarity payments to two Polish clubs for the transfer of Jaroslaw Niezgoda, according to Katarzyna Przepiórka, who covers MLS for Amerykańska Piłka, a Polish outlet.

According to the Polish Football Association (PZPN), Ruch Chorzów and Opolanin Opole Lubelskie (two of Niezgoda’s former clubs) are owed solidarity payments from the Timbers for the development of Niezgoda.

On Tuesday, a PZPN representative tweeted that Portland and New York Red Bulls could be in trouble.

We initiated the same procedure against the club in FIFA as in the case of New York Red Bulls and Klimala. Let’s hope that no sanctions will be allowed, and Ruch Chorzów and Opolanin Opole Lubelskie will quickly receive what is due to them,” the translated tweet reads.

Red Bulls apparently made the payments for Patryk Klimala, avoiding any sanctions, although the club denied allegations of missed payments.

Portland purchased Niezgoda from Legia Warsaw on January 30th, 2020 for a $3.8 million fee. According to this 2020 article, Opolanin Opole Lubelskie are owed 80,000 PLN (nearly $19k USD at time of writing). The fee to Ruch Chorzow is unknown.

This article may be updated with further information.

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