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FIFA throws out Gernot Rohr claims over $1 million payout, orders NFF to settle his salaries

Franco-German tactician sees case thrown out by FIFA after months

Former Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr has dragged the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to the governing body of World football FIFA over the manner of the termination of his contract with the West African nation.

Rohr was disengaged by the top brass of Nigerian football in the build-up to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon due to a perceived lack of trust in him and a feeling of discontent among the decision-makers.

The Franco-German tactician was relieved of his duties in November 2021 and proceeded to file a case before FIFA shortly afterwards. He wanted a compensation of $1 million, with the full amount to be paid in US Dollars as against the terms of his contract, which stated that he would be paid in Nigerian Naira. He also requested that the full legal cost he incurred be paid by NFF and that NFF be sanctioned for the way he was treated.

On April 21st 2022, FIFA revealed their judgement on the case and all of the requests made by Gernot Rohr were denied. The governing body, however, instructed NFF to compensate the former coach with six months salary amounting to $350,000 for the unjust termination of his contract. According to renowned sports journalist Tobi Adepoju, this sum had been paid prior to Rohr filing the case.


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