Atletico will take Griezmann grievance to Fifa

File photo of Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann reacting to a missed chance during the Champions League round of 16 first Leg encounter with Juventus in Madrid February 20, 2019. — Reuters pic
File photo of Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann reacting to a missed chance during the Champions League round of 16 first Leg encounter with Juventus in Madrid February 20, 2019. — Reuters pic

MADRID, July 13 — Atletico Madrid will challenge the amount Barcelona paid to acquire Antoine Griezmann’s transfer, Spanish media reported today.

Sports daily AS said Atletico will go to Fifa, the governing body of world football, to argue that Barcelona owe more than the 120 million euros (RM556 million) release clause deposited by a lawyer for the player yesterday.

AS wrote that Atletico wants to have both Barcelona and Griezmann punished.

Contacted by AFP today, the club refused to comment.

Atletico complained that Barcelona and Griezmann negotiated the deal before the buy-out price dropped from 200 million euros at the start of July. 

“Atletico Madrid believes that the termination of the contract took place before the end of last season,” the club said in a statement yesterday, adding that Griezmann had made that clear in his actions and words.

Atletico said in a statement that Griezmann had gone to the headquarters of Spanish Football League to “unilaterally” break his contract after Barca met the release clause, and added they had already “begun appropriate procedures” to defend their “rights and legitimate interests”. — AFP

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