By Gavin Davids
Luiz Fernandez banned by football body over wage dispute with Qatar’s Al Rayyan club
All restrictions against Luiz Fernandez, the former
coach of Qatar Stars League side Al Rayyan, have been lifted following the
resolution of a debt between the two, FIFA said Tuesday.
Fernandez was suspended by the football governing body
in February 2011 because he did not obey a November 2009 ruling on his
long-standing debt he owed to the Qatari club.
“On Monday afternoon, FIFA has been officially
informed that the coach, Luis Fernandez, has paid the total outstanding amount
in… relation to the dispute with Al Rayyan,” FIFA said in a statement to
“Therefore the ban has been lifted and the case has
Now that the debt has been settled, FIFA said
Fernandez was free to continue with his duties as the manager of the Israeli
national football team.
The former French footballer, who was capped 60 times
for his country, coached Al Rayyan for a short period in 2005, before he became
embroiled in a wage dispute with the Qatar club.
Fernandez had insisted last week that he had resolved
all legal issues that had led to his suspension.
“Since FIFA did not agree to give me further time, I
have had to fix the problem to prevent a suspension,” he told the Associated
Fernandez was a member of the French side that won the
1984 European Championship title.
He previously coached Paris Saint Germain to numerous
titles, including the 1996 Cup Winners Cup. He has also coached Spanish sides
Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol Barcelona.
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He coached Spanish side Betis as well if I am not mistaken.