The New York Red Bulls and MLS have asked the American Football Association not to release the international transfer certificate for Kaku.
League sources also confirmed the Red Bulls are pursuing “all legal remedies” over the dispute.
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On February 1, Al-Taawoun announced the signing of Kaku – also known as Alejandro Romero Gamarra – in a video that was posted on the team’s Twitter account along with the hashtag #WelcomeKaku.
But the Red Bulls have claimed that Kaku is still their player and is still under contract with the club.
“We are aware of the announcement from Altaawoun FC,” the Red Bulls said in a statement to ESPN on February 2nd. “The New York Red Bulls exercised a club option in Kaku’s Major League Soccer contract for the 2021 season, and so did he.” remains under contract with Major League Soccer and the New York Red Bulls. “
Kaku and his representatives claim that the option was not exercised and the player also has the support of the MLS Players Association on the matter. In a January 18 letter from MLSPA General Counsel Jon Newman to MLS EVP for Competition and Player Relationships Todd Durbin, a copy of which was received from ESPN, MLSPA claims that Kaku is no longer under contract.
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An ITC is required for a player to complete a transfer or move to another club.
“Kaku’s option notification was emailed to Scott Pearson on February 28, 2020 by Denis Hamlett, NY Red Bulls sports director,” the letter said. “Mr. Hamlett’s email attached the option exercise letter and asked Mr. Pearson, ‘[p]Please let the player know and let us know if you have any questions. ‘This email was not copied to Kaku. Despite multiple requests to MLS for evidence to the contrary, this February 28, 2020 email to Scott Pearson was the only means of providing notice to Kaku to exercise option 2021 in his contract.
“They stated that the notification of the exercise of the option was emailed to Kaku and hand-delivered. It was not. Despite multiple inquiries, MLS has provided no evidence to support the claim that the notification was delivered to Kaku Mr. Pearson is not referred to as a Kaku agent in his contract, nor has MLS provided evidence that Mr. Pearson has signed an MLS-provided form identifying him as a Kaku agent pursuant to Section 26.1 of the CBA. “
An attempt to reach Pearson through his LinkedIn page was unsuccessful. The MLSPA declined to comment.
Under FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players, within seven days of the application for an ITC, the USSF must “a) deliver the ITC in favor of the new federation and enter the player’s cancellation date; or b) reject the ITC application and state the reason for the rejection in TMS. This can either be that the contract between the former club and the professional player has not expired or that no mutual agreement has been reached on its early termination. “
The attitude of Al-Taawoun and the Saudi Arabian Football Association is that everything has been done overboard. On the television show Diwaniyah, Saudi Arabia’s FA President Yasser Al-Mashal said, “I trust the legal cooperation procedures. I don’t think there is a mistake.”
Saudi media broadcaster Dawri Plus said the Paraguayan international had “started quarantine procedures at home” and “will undergo more physical tests.”