The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
MADRID - Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o is demanding ß3million (R33million) from Barcelona after his transfer from the Spanish club to Inter Milan, the Spanish club said yesterday.
The amount represents 15percent of the ß20 million (R220million) fee the Italian side paid Barcelona in the summer, a club official said.
The deal also saw Inter's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic join European champions Barca for ß46million (R506million).
If the two parties fail to reach a settlement the matter could end up in court.
Eto'o bases his demand on a Spanish footballers' association rule that a player has the right to 15percent of his transfer fee to another Spanish club, the official said.
But Barcelona argue that they do not owe Eto'o anything because the rule is an agreement between Spanish clubs and because the percentage payment is the responsibility of the club that buys the player.
In a similar case in February last year a Spanish judge found that Deportivo La Coruna had to pay ß2,1million to Spanish striker Albert Luque, the equivalent of 15percent of his transfer to Newcastle in 2005 for ß14million.
"We are going to defend our interests," the Barca official said, adding each transfer was different.
Eto'o won two Champions League titles with Barca, in 2006 and this year, scoring the decisive goal in both finals. - Sapa-AFP