Tottenham chief Levy may face legal backlash as surprise plan reported by Sky - pundit
Alan Hutton has suggested Daniel Levy could face a legal backlash if Tottenham punish Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso for playing for Argentina.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Fifa laws could make it difficult for the Lilywhites to discipline the pair.
As reported by Sky Sports (7th September), Spurs are to fine to duo for linking up with the Argentina squad without permission.
However, annexe 1 of Fifa’s regulations on the status and transfer of players states clubs are obliged to release players if called up by their country.
It goes on to say any agreement between player and club to the contrary is prohibited.
As such, Hutton suggested Spurs should not be allowed to punish Lo Celso and Romero for their actions.
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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “To come back and have maybe a heavy fine or whatever, I just don’t see how that would stand up. I don’t think it’s fair.
“I just don’t think the board and Levy would be able to do it, it would never stick. They may be punished but I just don’t think that it works.
“Because the club can’t do that. You cannot stand in the way of a player playing international football.”
“I don’t think you can stand between club and country. If the player wants to go and represent, you have to let him. You can’t really go against those wishes, I don’t think.
“I know you’ve went against the wishes of the club but that’s all it is. What they wanted you to do at the time.
“It’s up to you as a player to make that decision and they have. The club has to stand by that.”