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Bradford City seek advice on appealing Mark Stewart compensation ruling
City have moved a step closer to appealing against FIFA’s decision to order them to pay Falkirk £215,000 in training compensation for Mark Stewart.
The club’s solicitors have asked for the details of how the governing body came to their ruling.
Ben Jones, partner at Bradford firm Petherbridge Bassra, said: “The motivated decision has been requested and will be scrutinised by myself and Simon Csoka QC of Carmelite Chambers.
“The early indications are that it will lead to positive advice on appeal being submitted to the club.”
The same legal team successfully restored City to the FA Cup in December after they were initially kicked out for fielding Curtis Good when he was ineligible.
Director of operations David Baldwin said: “We’ve instructed legal counsel and we will sit down in due course when all the information has been provided by FIFA to decide about an appeal.”
Stewart, who now plays for Dundee, moved south of the border to City in the summer of 2011 before Phil Parkinson came in. But he failed to score a goal and finished the season on loan at Hamilton.
Meanwhile, a City fan could be in with a chance of presenting the Alan Hardaker man of the match trophy at Wembley.
One supporter from both City and Swansea will be selected to represent their team in a competition on the Capital One Facebook page.
The fan from the team of the man of the match award winner will then have the honour of presenting the trophy from the Royal Box.
Supporters should go to www.facebook.com/capitaloneuk to take part.
Both winners will also get full hospitality in the Wembley Suite, the pitch-side experience, two seats in the Royal Box, travel and accommodation for one night and £500 spending money.
The competition deadline is Sunday.