After agreeing a three year deal with Egyptian Premier League side Arab Contractors last week, Palestine left back Abdallah Jaber has voided his contract.
The impasse was a result of the player not being issued a copy of his contract- a basic right that FIFA’s rules and regulations ensures to all players. Jaber took to social media to clarify exactly what happened posting pictures of the signing ceremony as well as his successful medical.
|Jaber (L) signing for Arab Contractors|
The details of his three year contract would have seen the 23 year-old make 950,000 EGP ($107,000) in his first season which would rise to 1.05 million EGP ($118,000) in his second season and finally rising to 1.2 million EGP ($135,000) in his final season. The contract also guaranteed the player living expenses plus the cost of airfare for two yearly trips to Palestine.
Additional clauses included a 50,000 EGP ($5,600) bonus in the event the team finished in Egypt’s top four and a 100,000 EGP ($10,200) should the club receive a foreign transfer request for his services.
With the contract being paid out in dollars, as opposed to the fast devaluating local currency, Arab Contractors were reticent to be held liable to the amounts offered. In the past days, the Cairo based club had reached an agreement to sign a player from the second division at a fraction at the cost- awarding his club the right to play around 10 games on their home ground in Nasr City.
After refusing to issue the player a copy of the signed contract the club took the decision to unilaterally void his contract.
Despite interest from other Egyptian sides- most notably ENPPI and Ittihad Alexandria the left back has stated he will not consider any offers from the Egyptian league.
Jaber will return to Palestine and suit up for Al-Ahli who had registered him for the 2016/17 season. It’s worth noting that the Hebron-based side had waived their right to a transfer fee in order to facilitate the move despite the fact that the player still had a year to run on his contract.