File picture of David O'Leary giving a news conference while he was Al Ahli's coach
Former Leeds and Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has asked FIFA to help settle his contract dispute with former club Al Ahli. © - AFP/File
File picture of David O'Leary giving a news conference while he was Al Ahli's coach
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Last updated: March 6, 2012

O'Leary takes Al Ahli case to FIFA

Former Leeds and Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has asked FIFA to help settle his contract dispute with former club Al Ahli.

The Arsenal and Republic of Ireland great was sacked by the the United Arab Emirates side in April last year.

But O'Leary has yet to receive the compensation he believes he is due for the two remaining years of a three-year contract.

O'Leary, best known as a manager in England for his time in charge of Leeds, has now enlisted the help of the English Football Association to take his case to the sport's global governing body.

Graham Noakes, head of the Professional Game at the FA, said Tuesday: "Following application from Mr O'Leary's advisors, the FA has referred this matter to FIFA which has the authority to intervene in disputes of this kind."

Richard Bevan, chief executive of England's League Managers Association (LMA), added: "David O'Leary has been left with no option but to place his contractual dispute with Al Ahli before the Players' Status Committee/Dispute Resolution Chamber of FIFA.

"The LMA is committed to protecting, and, where necessary, enforcing the legal rights of its members, and to ensuring that clubs honour their contractual obligations in the all too frequent event of a manager's dismissal.

"Our commitment to this goal is the same whether our member works at home or abroad."

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