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Guangzhou drop Barrios charge
AFP-Global Times | August 19, 2013 23:48
By AFP – Global Times
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Current Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande confirmed Monday they have withdrawn their complaint to FIFA over wantaway striker Lucas ­Barrios.

The champions have dropped the case with the world soccer governing body as they have received a 7 ­million euro ($9.3 million) transfer fee for the player from Russia's FC Spartak Moscow.

The 27-year-old Paraguayan joined Guangzhou from Germany's Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal in May 2012 for a domestic record transfer fee of 8 and a half million euros.

However, in June this year, during the international break, Barrios left the club and accused them of failing to pay his wages. He demanded a free transfer and refused to return to Evergrande when the season resumed in late June.

Guangzhou insisted that they paid Barrios his salary and reported him to FIFA for breaching his contract.

The saga reached a conclusion on August 10 when Spartak Moscow agreed to pay a fee for Barrios and the Chinese club agreed to the transfer and decided to drop the case.

AFP - Global Times

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