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Hoolagate: FIFA still dragging their feet

FIFA are continuing to investigate the Wes Hoolahan transfer and have not ruled out the possibility of ordering the Seasiders to pay compensation.

Pool haven't heard anything from the world's governing body since FIFA allowed them to play Hoolahan in the opening day clash at Leicester.

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The agreement was that the winger was free to play for Blackpool, but that investigations into the transfer would continue.

Asked to clarify the situation this week by The Gazette, FIFA's response was short and sweet:

"The matter regarding Hoolahan and Livingston's claim for compensation is still pending We are therefore not able to provide more details at this juncture."

If FIFA do rule that Pool have to pay compensation, it will be interesting to see how the club reacts.

Chairman Karl Oyston has stated he would not be willing to pay a penny more than the 75,000 the Seasiders have handed to Livingston and he has claimed he will take the matter to court if need be.

Meanwhile, Simon Grayson's only concern is that he is able to pick Hoolahan in his team.

"Thesituation is the same," said Grayson. "Wes is our player and I don't know when the next FIFA hearing is.

"I will just pick him. The chairman deals with the next stage. All I needed was the green light to play him and we got that.

"Whatever happens after that is down to the chairman, solicitors, FIFA.

I'm not bothered. Having him in a tangerine shirt is all that matters to me. "I know the chairman has said that if it does go against us in some way he'll launch appeal after appeal – so we could have a season out of him anyway before it's all resolved!

"I just deal with the football side. The other side will take care of itself."

Livingston claim Pool were late with loan payments last season, so making the contract which stated he could move to Bloomfield Road for 75,000 void.

But Pool still face an anxious wait for FIFA's final verdict.

If England v Russia doesn't take your fancy, the Seasiders Reserves are in action tomorrow.

Steve Thompson's side take on Manchester City at Fleetwood Town FC, kick off 7pm.

Scott Vernon, Phil Marsh, Adrian Forbes, Claus Jorgensen and Rhys Evans are all expected to get run-outs.

 
 
 

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