Haashim Domingo takes Raja Casablanca payment dispute to FIFA

Haashim Domingo takes Raja Casablanca payment dispute to FIFA

Raja Casablanca attacker Haashim Domingo has referred an ongoing payment dispute with the Moroccan club to world football governing body FIFA.

The South African joined Raja in July last year on a free transfer after leaving Mamelodi Sundowns, but his agent has confirmed to SABC Sport the player is owed several months wages and signing-on fee since joining.

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“We have been in talks to try settle this behind closed doors and amicably with the Raja Casablanca, but we are deadlocked at the moment and the only way forward seems to be taking our matter to FIFA,” explained Lance Davids.

“This is usually the last resort. Haashim was excited to join the North African giants after the period he spent with Mamelodi Sundowns, where he would have loved to continue playing but it wasn’t to be. We are hoping for a speedy outcome from FIFA.”

It’s a calculated move by Domingo’s representative as the authorities in Switzerland can slap Raja with a transfer ban for a payment dispute.

As a foreign international, this route guarantees FIFA will give the case attention and ask questions of Raja in the coming weeks.

According to reports in Morocco, the club’s new president Mohamed Boudrika had made an undertaking when he was elected for the top seat to wipe out Raja’s debt – one that had led to a separate FIFA sanction, which was eventually lifted last year.

Raja are coached by former Orlando Pirates mentor Józef Zinnbauer, who recruited Fadlu Davids to be his assistant and the pair are in a tight race with AS FAR for the Botola Pro championship with six games to go.

Domingo joined Raja on a two-year deal with an option to have it extended by another season, but FIFA could rule the player can terminate the contract as just cause and order that he also be paid in full.

“There is no decision made yet. We will wait on FIFA’s directive regarding this current dispute before we confirm our next step. Haashim just wants to play football and of course make a decent living from for his young family,” Davids added.