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North African Club Lent Money to Escape FIFA Sanction

CLub Africaine bailed out of the looming FIFA sanctions by ex-president.

Embattled Tunisian Premier League giants Club Africain have been offered a way out of a looming FIFA sanction.

The Deans were recently given an ultimatum and threatened with point deduction which could have potentially culminated in a demotion.

Africain is the latest outfit from Tunis to run foul of rules stipulated by the world football governing body on payment of employees.

The club, ranking third in the domestic championship after three games, was recently sued by former coach Ruud Krol.

The ex-Dutch star reported to Luzern-based FIFA who accepted his version of events as he demands to be given in full his €550,000 unpaid salary.

He left the club two years ago, taking roots at CS Sfaxien, another Tunisian side.

Infantino and co this week warned chairman Abdelsalam Younsi that he has two months to settle Krol or risk being deducted six points and be forced to play in the second tier.

However, Hammadi Bousbiaa, CEO of a Tunisian beverage company, has offered to bail his former club whose board he presided over from 1988-1994.

Bousibiaa forked out five million dinars to the club which he said could be repaid in installments over a period of time.

It remains to be seen whether FIFA will accept this initiative.

Club Africain’s ties with FIFA have been strained since the start of last season.

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