Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'Appealing Is a Waste of Time' Lawyer Warns Real Will Get Away with Ronaldo Affair

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'Appealing Is a Waste of Time' Lawyer Warns Real Will Get Away with Ronaldo Affair

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Byline: DAMIAN SPELLMAN

TOP sports lawyer Mel Goldberg has warned Manchester United that reporting Real Madrid to Fifa over their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo would have little effect, writes DAMIAN SPELLMAN.

Goldberg believes the Red Devils would have a good case if they did decide to take their case to world football's governing body. But he has forecast that, even if the Spanish giants were found guilty of breaking the rules, any punishment would be minimal.

Goldberg, of Mel Goldberg and Co, said: "If Real Madrid are reported to Fifa, they will probably get a rap on the knuckles. I don't know whether they would be expelled from, for example, the European Cup or whether they would be deducted points in the league.

"What Fifa would probably say is you cannot keep a player against his will if he is not happy and wants to go elsewhere. They would give some minor castigation and the deal would go through."

Reportedly prompted by their furious manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester club last week threatened to call Fifa in as the saga over the 23-year-old's future dragged on.

Ronaldo's subsequent admission that he would love to play at the Bernabeu Stadium one day has cast further doubt over his continued presence at Old Trafford, where the prospect of him sitting out the majority of the five-year contract he signed last year in the reserves has been mooted.

The continued speculation as he prepares for his country's Euro 2008 opener against Turkey in Geneva has done little to calm the situation. Goldberg said: "He is under contract and Manchester United can keep him at Manchester United. There have already been suggestions they would put him in the reserves and leave him there for a couple of years until his contract runs down.

"But that's not good for United, it's not good for Cristiano Ronaldo and it's not good for the bank balance in as much as in two years' time, he could move for nothing. …

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