CAS 2015/A/4148 & 4149 & 4150 Sheffield Wednesday FC v. Louletano Desportos Clube & Internacional Clube de Almancil & Associação Académica de Coimbra

CAS 2015/A/4148 & 4149 & 4150 Sheffield Wednesday FC v. Louletano Desportos Clube & Internacional Clube de Almancil & Associação Académica de Coimbra
The status of a player has to be analysed exclusively based on the relevant FIFA Regulations. The status of the player as a “professional” is exclusively defined in the RSTP without any reference to national regulations. The decisive substantive criterion for qualifying a player as a “professional” is whether the amount of wages paid is “more” than the expenses effectively incurred by the player. Players are either amateur or professional, there is no room for a third or hybrid category within the scope of FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

Facts/Procedure

The player R. is of Portuguese nationality and was born in 1994. According to the passport issued by the FPF, the Player was registered with:

- Associação Académica de Coimbra between 24 August 2009 and 28 October 2009;

- Louletano Desportos Clube between 28 October 2009 and 3 August 2010;

- Internacional Clube de Almancil between 4 August 2010 and 30 June 2011;

- FC Porto SAD between 21 July 2011 and 30 June 2013;

- Sheffield Wednesday as from 6 August 2013.

Sheffield submitted that it released the Player on 5 May 2015. The latter currently plays with the Portuguese Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses. The Parties did not agree about the point in time when the Player turned professional.

According to Sheffield, the Player acquired the professional status after joining Porto, whereas the...

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