Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

YER JOKIN' AREN'T YA! EXCLUSIVE: He Cost Boro Pounds 12.7m, Arriving in a Blaze of Samba Glory, Went AWOL for Two Days and Is Now Suing the Club for Pounds 300k Alves Sues His Former Bosses for over Pounds 300k

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

YER JOKIN' AREN'T YA! EXCLUSIVE: He Cost Boro Pounds 12.7m, Arriving in a Blaze of Samba Glory, Went AWOL for Two Days and Is Now Suing the Club for Pounds 300k Alves Sues His Former Bosses for over Pounds 300k

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Byline: ANDY PASSANT

BRAZILIAN flop Afonso Alves is suing Boro for more than pounds 300,000.

The club's record signing, who cost pounds 1m a goal and even went AWOL during his dismal spell at the Riverside, claims he is still owed money for image rights.

Boro chairman Steve Gibson, pictured, today dismissed the claim as "frivolous and demeaning" but said the club were unable to comment further for legal reasons.

Alves is the second former star to sue the club in the last fortnight after Turkish striker Tuncay claimed more than pounds 500,000 in image rights.

The Brazilian joined Boro for a club record fee of pounds 12.7m in January 2008 and left 19 months later having scored just 13 goals in 50 games.

The striker's representatives have lodged a High Court claim for more than 300,000 they allege is owed by the club, along with damages, interest and costs. Willowshire Limited, which has its registered office in the British Virgin Islands, claims that the outstanding money relates to image rights for Alves. The claimant maintains it agreed to grant to Boro certain rights on an exclusive basis. In return, the club is said to have agreed to pay Alves 160,000 euros within 14 days of the contract being signed on September 19, 2008. There was to be a further 600,000 euros by way of instalments, according to the claim. The club made payments of 66,666 euros within 14 days of the agreement being signed and also on September 1, 2008, and the sum of 160,000 euros. But it is claimed Boro failed to hand over payments due on February 1, 2009, and on subsequent dates. IPS Law LLP, representing Alves, wrote to the club demanding the money be paid by November 20 last year or court proceedings would be issued.

The club's solicitors wrote back, denying any contractual obligation to pay the outstanding sums, according to the claim. …

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