Final Mark Stewart bill leaves bad taste for Bradford City

Mark Stewart played only 15 games for City without scoring a goal

Mark Stewart played only 15 games for City without scoring a goal

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City today admitted the £155,000 compensation bill they must stump up for Mark Stewart is a “bitter pill to swallow”.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s long-awaited ruling on the club’s appeal shaved £65,000 off the original fee that FIFA had decided they owed Falkirk in training compensation.

But the revised figure still effectively makes Stewart, who played only 15 games without scoring a goal, the most expensive City signing since Robert Molenaar when they were in the Premier League.

The CAS decision ended nearly two and a half years of wrangling with Falkirk after the striker was signed by Peter Jackson in 2011.

Director of operations David Baldwin said: “I am disappointed and I can’t hide from that. But FIFA had already ordered us to pay 250,000 euros (£217,000) from an initial claim made by Falkirk of 330,000.

“We’ve now got that down to 185,000, so putting in the appeal was the right thing to do. We’ve had 25 per cent reduced off FIFA’s ruling but it’s still a bitter pill to swallow.”

Baldwin took City’s fight to the CAS headquarters in Switzerland last November, where he pleaded their case with legal team Simon Csoka QC of Carmelite Chambers and Ben Jones from Bradford law firm Petherbridge Bassra.

He said: “It has caused a lot of stress. I had nothing to do with signing the player in the first place and I’ve only been involved in trying to fight the claim.

“It’s not a valuation of the player, it’s the calculation of training compensation based on the structure set up by FIFA.

“But from the club’s point of view, we obviously didn’t see value for money in our transaction.

“We have accounted for the money in its entirety but obviously it is still disappointing. But it’s now time to draw a line under the situation and move on.”

With the legal fees from the case – of which City must pay 80 per cent – the total bill comes to just under £200,000.

Stewart is now playing for Derry City in Ireland after being released by his last club, Kilmarnock, in January.

He was recommended to City by the late Archie Christie after finishing top scorer in the Scottish First Division but failed to adapt to the English game.

But Stewart’s struggles did give Nahki Wells, who had arrived for free in the same period, his first break.

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8:21am Sat 15 Mar 14

Bantam Dubai says...

I'm sorry to say this Mr Baldwin your point as regards signing the player is irrelevant. As a club you should have done your homework. It was clear from the start that Falkirk thought they were due compensation, and Bradford disagreed...!!. You say it's a bitter pill to swallow and the fact we didn't get value for money.... Well IMO we should never ever of signed the player in the 1st place. I cannot believe as a club you couldn't of work it out given that the rules set be FIFA have been adhered too (OK we have got a little discount on the amount) and you may say that it was worth it. However I'm sure as a club you will not disclose the true cost in solicitors fee's and expenses to take this to the European courts (regardless of the figures mentioned. You are telling us that this has cost the club less than £15,000 to take this to court (Pull the other one). Grey shady area's should have set alarm bells ringing within the powers that be at City, especially given the figures Falkirk were talking about.
I hope as a club we apologise to Falkirk as it now has been proven they were right all along...!! I also hope as a club that you have learned you're lesson and that in future you do your homework.... It's an unbelievable amount for an average Joe player who did nothing for the club...!!
I'm sorry to say this Mr Baldwin your point as regards signing the player is irrelevant. As a club you should have done your homework. It was clear from the start that Falkirk thought they were due compensation, and Bradford disagreed...!!. You say it's a bitter pill to swallow and the fact we didn't get value for money.... Well IMO we should never ever of signed the player in the 1st place. I cannot believe as a club you couldn't of work it out given that the rules set be FIFA have been adhered too (OK we have got a little discount on the amount) and you may say that it was worth it. However I'm sure as a club you will not disclose the true cost in solicitors fee's and expenses to take this to the European courts (regardless of the figures mentioned. You are telling us that this has cost the club less than £15,000 to take this to court (Pull the other one). Grey shady area's should have set alarm bells ringing within the powers that be at City, especially given the figures Falkirk were talking about. I hope as a club we apologise to Falkirk as it now has been proven they were right all along...!! I also hope as a club that you have learned you're lesson and that in future you do your homework.... It's an unbelievable amount for an average Joe player who did nothing for the club...!! Bantam Dubai
  • Score: -30

8:57am Sat 15 Mar 14

Waynus1971 says...

How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA.

Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws???
How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA. Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws??? Waynus1971
  • Score: 7

9:04am Sat 15 Mar 14

tyker7745 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA.

Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws???
yes indeed: a truly shocking decision given the failure of the player completely to make it here and in Scotland. Is he not now playing one league above pub league in Ireland?

An almighty mess and perhaps the club knew of this problem a lot earlier than they published hence the alleged ill health of Archie Christie?

Can ewe take this, or can we afford to take this to European Court other than one transfixed with sporting issues.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA. Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws???[/p][/quote]yes indeed: a truly shocking decision given the failure of the player completely to make it here and in Scotland. Is he not now playing one league above pub league in Ireland? An almighty mess and perhaps the club knew of this problem a lot earlier than they published hence the alleged ill health of Archie Christie? Can ewe take this, or can we afford to take this to European Court other than one transfixed with sporting issues. tyker7745
  • Score: -8

10:23am Sat 15 Mar 14

Bantam Dubai says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA.

Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws???
Waynus you're missing the point.... Falkirk have been justified.... As we have had to pay the compo..... Or am I missing something.... Do you think we would of signed him in the 1st place had we of none of the fee.... The answer is no..... Let's face it we would pay £6k for Nahki but that has now ended up costing us £50k....!! My point is somebody has made a really bad call on this within the club.... And Falkirk were right from the beginning..... It's got nothing to do with Bosman ruling.....!!! This was a grey area from the start.... And we should of left well alone..... Hence again why I said this should of had alarm bells ringing.....!! The club took the wrong stance from the start and dragging this through the courts has cost us more money and we still lost..... Given what they know now they should not have singed him..... And that's the point why didn't they know......!!!!! Us taking this as far as we have was a waste of time and as Baldwin has said it's been stressful..... What a load of tosh.....!! We had lost before we started..... Hense why Falkirk wouldn't let it lie....!! Does that make there top end management better than our's.....? Yes it does....!!
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA. Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws???[/p][/quote]Waynus you're missing the point.... Falkirk have been justified.... As we have had to pay the compo..... Or am I missing something.... Do you think we would of signed him in the 1st place had we of none of the fee.... The answer is no..... Let's face it we would pay £6k for Nahki but that has now ended up costing us £50k....!! My point is somebody has made a really bad call on this within the club.... And Falkirk were right from the beginning..... It's got nothing to do with Bosman ruling.....!!! This was a grey area from the start.... And we should of left well alone..... Hence again why I said this should of had alarm bells ringing.....!! The club took the wrong stance from the start and dragging this through the courts has cost us more money and we still lost..... Given what they know now they should not have singed him..... And that's the point why didn't they know......!!!!! Us taking this as far as we have was a waste of time and as Baldwin has said it's been stressful..... What a load of tosh.....!! We had lost before we started..... Hense why Falkirk wouldn't let it lie....!! Does that make there top end management better than our's.....? Yes it does....!! Bantam Dubai
  • Score: -10

10:25am Sat 15 Mar 14

Mr Perks says...

tyker7745 wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA.

Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws???
yes indeed: a truly shocking decision given the failure of the player completely to make it here and in Scotland. Is he not now playing one league above pub league in Ireland?

An almighty mess and perhaps the club knew of this problem a lot earlier than they published hence the alleged ill health of Archie Christie?

Can ewe take this, or can we afford to take this to European Court other than one transfixed with sporting issues.
'Alleged ill health of Archie Christie'? He's recently died, so you may question his 'scouting ability', but he wasn't bluffing about being ill!
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: How have Falkirk been justified? Didn't they want nearly double what they ended up with? Of course it was right to challenge the original decision. The rules are not clear and the legal bodies believed the club were right to question FIFA. Do you not think we should have appealed being kicked out of the FA cup too? Or what about Jean Marc Bosman- perhaps he should have just got on with the hand he had been dealt instead of challenging the laws???[/p][/quote]yes indeed: a truly shocking decision given the failure of the player completely to make it here and in Scotland. Is he not now playing one league above pub league in Ireland? An almighty mess and perhaps the club knew of this problem a lot earlier than they published hence the alleged ill health of Archie Christie? Can ewe take this, or can we afford to take this to European Court other than one transfixed with sporting issues.[/p][/quote]'Alleged ill health of Archie Christie'? He's recently died, so you may question his 'scouting ability', but he wasn't bluffing about being ill! Mr Perks
  • Score: 7

10:43am Sat 15 Mar 14

macca1969 says...

This has absolutely nothing to do with the appeal. The club made the mistake if signing him when he was not as the club stated a free agent. As such we have had our fingers burnt big time. Surely we should have known he wasn't a free and either offered a fee at the time or moved in too another signing. The club and those involved have made a massive expensive mistake. Lets just be thankful last season and the sale if Wells has softened the blow ir we could have been right in the doo dah
This has absolutely nothing to do with the appeal. The club made the mistake if signing him when he was not as the club stated a free agent. As such we have had our fingers burnt big time. Surely we should have known he wasn't a free and either offered a fee at the time or moved in too another signing. The club and those involved have made a massive expensive mistake. Lets just be thankful last season and the sale if Wells has softened the blow ir we could have been right in the doo dah macca1969
  • Score: -4

10:43am Sat 15 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

The Matter is now over and done with there is no point in going on about it a lesson has been learnt so let us now move on
The Matter is now over and done with there is no point in going on about it a lesson has been learnt so let us now move on lawsonio123
  • Score: 8

10:48am Sat 15 Mar 14

pokertee says...

Most of what i have read here is tripe. Bradford signed Stewart in July 2011 with chris mitchell. Once signed and only after signing did Falkirk come forward and say they intended to claim a training and development compensation fee for him as he was under 24 at the time.

Bradford city contested this and in 2013 the FA made an award of £213,000. So those who say Falkirk deserve the money i think not, they were very sneaky and stuck it up are ****. bradford city did not at any time up until they opened a case after signing know anything about this. Fecking scum i say
Most of what i have read here is tripe. Bradford signed Stewart in July 2011 with chris mitchell. Once signed and only after signing did Falkirk come forward and say they intended to claim a training and development compensation fee for him as he was under 24 at the time. Bradford city contested this and in 2013 the FA made an award of £213,000. So those who say Falkirk deserve the money i think not, they were very sneaky and stuck it up are ****. bradford city did not at any time up until they opened a case after signing know anything about this. Fecking scum i say pokertee
  • Score: 4

11:36am Sat 15 Mar 14

Freddy says...

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Will not be dealing with Falkirk again!. Or should that be any Scottish Club--when and if they gain Independence. Tattie Bye, and See You Jimmie.!
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I hope we can focus on today's match now. Let the 'Kop Choir ' sing their hearts out.
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* Will not be dealing with Falkirk again!. Or should that be any Scottish Club--when and if they gain Independence. Tattie Bye, and See You Jimmie.! * I hope we can focus on today's match now. Let the 'Kop Choir ' sing their hearts out. * Freddy
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Sat 15 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Personally looking at what actually happened BCFC had every right to appeal the original FIFA judgement, they came up with a ludicrous figure only trumped by Falkirk's 333,000 euro fantasy total. luckily the court saw through both figures and came up with a compromise of £155,000. Time to put this to bed, we got a better figure so the appeal was justified!!!

Good luck to BCFC this afternoon, I fancy the BCFC fans will be raising the Valley Parade roof once more. 1-0 to BCFC, Hanson att 13,331.
Personally looking at what actually happened BCFC had every right to appeal the original FIFA judgement, they came up with a ludicrous figure only trumped by Falkirk's 333,000 euro fantasy total. luckily the court saw through both figures and came up with a compromise of £155,000. Time to put this to bed, we got a better figure so the appeal was justified!!! Good luck to BCFC this afternoon, I fancy the BCFC fans will be raising the Valley Parade roof once more. 1-0 to BCFC, Hanson att 13,331. bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

2:20pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Wrose bantam says...

Normally when you sign a player you do your homework and have experts advise you ( any sell on fees, any compensation issues..) I find it hard to believe city just signed Stewart without getting advise , doing their homework. If this is the case city may have a case against their legal advisors or any third party who advised them in signing Stewart.

Everybody makes mistakes ( I have sued law firms and won)

If this is not the case, city have been naive OR past city employees have been naive.
Normally when you sign a player you do your homework and have experts advise you ( any sell on fees, any compensation issues..) I find it hard to believe city just signed Stewart without getting advise , doing their homework. If this is the case city may have a case against their legal advisors or any third party who advised them in signing Stewart. Everybody makes mistakes ( I have sued law firms and won) If this is not the case, city have been naive OR past city employees have been naive. Wrose bantam
  • Score: 1

12:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Storck says...

Bantam Dubai wrote:
I'm sorry to say this Mr Baldwin your point as regards signing the player is irrelevant. As a club you should have done your homework. It was clear from the start that Falkirk thought they were due compensation, and Bradford disagreed...!!. You say it's a bitter pill to swallow and the fact we didn't get value for money.... Well IMO we should never ever of signed the player in the 1st place. I cannot believe as a club you couldn't of work it out given that the rules set be FIFA have been adhered too (OK we have got a little discount on the amount) and you may say that it was worth it. However I'm sure as a club you will not disclose the true cost in solicitors fee's and expenses to take this to the European courts (regardless of the figures mentioned. You are telling us that this has cost the club less than £15,000 to take this to court (Pull the other one). Grey shady area's should have set alarm bells ringing within the powers that be at City, especially given the figures Falkirk were talking about.
I hope as a club we apologise to Falkirk as it now has been proven they were right all along...!! I also hope as a club that you have learned you're lesson and that in future you do your homework.... It's an unbelievable amount for an average Joe player who did nothing for the club...!!
Not sure how you get that it only cost £15k legal fees?
Or have you been away so long you don't know the difference between figures quoted in Euros and pounds?
[quote][p][bold]Bantam Dubai[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to say this Mr Baldwin your point as regards signing the player is irrelevant. As a club you should have done your homework. It was clear from the start that Falkirk thought they were due compensation, and Bradford disagreed...!!. You say it's a bitter pill to swallow and the fact we didn't get value for money.... Well IMO we should never ever of signed the player in the 1st place. I cannot believe as a club you couldn't of work it out given that the rules set be FIFA have been adhered too (OK we have got a little discount on the amount) and you may say that it was worth it. However I'm sure as a club you will not disclose the true cost in solicitors fee's and expenses to take this to the European courts (regardless of the figures mentioned. You are telling us that this has cost the club less than £15,000 to take this to court (Pull the other one). Grey shady area's should have set alarm bells ringing within the powers that be at City, especially given the figures Falkirk were talking about. I hope as a club we apologise to Falkirk as it now has been proven they were right all along...!! I also hope as a club that you have learned you're lesson and that in future you do your homework.... It's an unbelievable amount for an average Joe player who did nothing for the club...!![/p][/quote]Not sure how you get that it only cost £15k legal fees? Or have you been away so long you don't know the difference between figures quoted in Euros and pounds? Storck
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