Cote d'Ivoire's Wilfried Bony involved in an £8 million court case

Cote d'Ivoire's Wilfried Bony involved in an £8 million court case
Wilfried Bony

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 06, 2017. 10:30

Media reports in England indicate that Cote d'Ivoire and Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is involved in an £8 million court case.

The BBC website reports that Bony will be the focus of a High Court case after the Swans were accused of paying £8m in secret commissions.

It is reported that the Elephants international claims that his two former football agents received under-the-table cash between 2013 and 2015.

The agents, Gilbert Kacou and Czech Dalibor Lacina, are now being sued alongside the club, for commissions in excess of £8m.

Although Swansea re-signed Bony this summer, the club says they have no dispute with him.

"The club can confirm that there is no ongoing legal dispute between Swansea City Football Club and Wilfried Bony," a Swansea City spokesperson said.

It is understood Swansea are calm about the situation, believing any previous disputes around the case were resolved prior to Bony rejoining the club.

They believe the matter is now between Bony and his previous agents as the English Premier League side was not represented at a preliminary hearing at the High Court.

At the preliminary hearing, the agents tried to halt the litigation in Bony's case against them, insisting the dispute had to be resolved behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, Judge Mark Pelling QC reportedly told the High Court that the agents received the money.

"The factual allegation is that, while ostensibly acting on his behalf in negotiations concerning his contract of employment with Swansea, (the agents and their companies) received secret commissions totalling in excess of £8m from the fifth defendant (Swansea City)," Pelling is quoted by the BBC.

Furthermore, Pelling pointed out that, although Mr Kacou is a registered football agent in the Ivory Coast, he is not an authorised agent as defined by the FA rules.

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