SD Eibar have launched an appeal with CAS – as reported by Marca - over FIFA's decision to deny their January transfer for Liverpool's Rafa Páez, forcing the club to settle on a six-month loan deal at the close of the winter window.
Eibar were set to bring Paez to Ipurua on a permanent transfer, filing all the necessary paperwork in the prescribed amount of time, but FIFA stepped in and denied the transfer on the grounds that there were administrative errors found in Eibar's documents.
Paez was meant to take the place of Raúl Albentosa, who had agreed to a deal to join English Championship side Derby County, but after their transfer was denied, the Basque club were forced to settle for a short-term loan agreement at the eleventh hour.
On 16th February, FIFA informed Eibar that the transfer had been denied because the revised paperwork was not submitted in time.
Eibar president Alex Aranzabal recently announced, in quotes carried by Marca, that the club have lodged a formal appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over what they believe to be FIFA's wrongful denial of a valid transfer for Paez, after a judge reviewed the documents sent by Eibar and the Spanish Football Federation and chose to uphold the denial.
"It's common sense that the errors were not made in bad faith and that it was merely an administrative error. Paez has been extraordinary throughout the entire process."
Paez has been unable to join the squad due to the failed transfer, but has been training with the group and supporting them from the outside, in a seemingly football purgatory.