Chelsea newcomer David Datro Fofana is the subject of a legal dispute between two other clubs over the Ivory Coast international’s move to Norway two years ago.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday it has registered a case filed by Ivorian club Abidjan City against Fofana and Norwegian club Molde.
Norwegian football magazine Josimar reported that Abidjan is alleging that it had Fofana already under contract when he signed for Molde, and that the club was not compensated for the transfer.
“The parties are exchanging written submissions,” the court based in Lausanne, Switzerland, said in a statement, adding “a hearing date has not been set yet.”
It was unclear what sanctioning powers CAS could have, although one option is sending the case back to FIFA for review. In breach of contract cases, FIFA can impose bans on players and clubs, who can be blocked from registering new players.