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    mattboy111 wrote:
    If Saints did not know this when they 'did the deal' or thought it would 'go away' then they have been unbelievably naive in the whole situation. It has been all over the press and was the first thing that went into my head when i saw he signed. Our lawyers must either be confident it will be overturned or they are negligent in my opinion - but i am a finance man so always have a slightly dim view of lawyers!
    If you're a finance man you should understand calculated risk. Saints have clearly come to the view that they would rather risk going through this process than lose a very good player to another club. For all we know this could be overturned by FIFA well before the season starts and if that happens and we'd passed up the chance we'd be kicking ourselves. I think maybe you should give the club and it's lawyers a bit more credit, they're smarter than you."
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New signing Davis refused Saints clearance

Steven Davis

Steven Davis

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

New Saints signing Steven Davis has been refused international clearance to join the club.

Davis was one of a number of players at Glasgow Rangers who refused to have their contracts transferred to a newco Rangers, and therefore felt able to leave on a free with their deals effectively terminated.

The Northern Ireland captain agreed a three year deal to move to St Mary’s, but the SFA have refused to grant the required international clearance for the switch to be ratified.

The SFA have to contact the selling club to get their agreement for the transfer and Rangers have objected to the move of Davis, and several of his former colleagues who have also agreed deals to join other clubs after leaving the beleaguered Ibrox outfit.

Saints are able to appeal to FIFA for a temporary licence so Davis can remain with the club while the world governing body make a ruling on the situation.

When contacted by the Daily Echo, Rangers confirmed: “The SFA have already confirmed that they will not release an International Transfer Certificate to any National Association that requests it and have referred the matter to FIFA.”

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