Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Aris and Mazzon settled their differences via FAT
On September 30th, Aris BC announced via their official website that the FIBA Arbitral Tribunal. The announcement from FIBA was as follows:
The Italian coach Andrea Mazzon and the basketball agents Elias Diamantopoulos and Dario Santrolli filed a claim against the Greek club KAE Aris Thessaloniki BC for outstanding salaries and agent fees. The coach requested full payment of his salaries for the 2009/2010 season as well as compensation for the damage to his reputation, alleging that the club had unjustly terminated the contract and had failed to pay his salary. In its answer, the club denied the above claims, submitting that proceedings before ordinary courts had already been initiated and that FAT proceedings should therefore be stayed. Additionally, the club argued that FAT had no jurisdiction to hear the case and that, in any event, a mutual termination agreement had been entered into by the club and the coach. The Arbitrator decided to partially uphold the claim.
source : fiba.com
The Hoop was also implicated in this case as it is mentioned as a source on page 16 of the FAT Award. It was a source used by the claimant to prove that Aris had intention to fire coach Mazzon if he were to fail beating Maroussi and thus proceeding to the next step of the Euroleague qualifying rounds.
Nonetheless neither Aris nor Maroussi got exactly what they wanted. Aris are still to pay compensation to Mazzon but Mazzon won't be able to claim his entire season's salaries as compensation either. So Mazzon won't leave empty handed and Aris won't have to financially bleed out anymore.
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