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Santalab takes legal action against Chengdu Blades

Brendon Santalab and his management have decided to take legal action against Chengdu Blades through FIFA.

The 29-year old Australian striker is owed more than $70,000 by the Chinese club and will now go up against the Blades in a bid to win the monies he rightly deserves.

Santalab's agent, Lou Sticca, told au.fourfourtwo.com that it was a shame for Chinese football that Chengdu were acting this way and is keen to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

"Brendon served Chengdu Blades for three solid seasons and since the new owners came in over 15 months ago, they have not treated him with any degree of professionalism and respect," Sticca said.

"Brendon is actually owed more than US$70,000 in back wages, on top of which he paid $10,000 out of his own pocket for medical treatment back in Australia to get himself over injuries he sustained in China last season.

"The last straw was Chengdu Blades' attempt to force Santalab to forgo the money he is owed by threatening to block his transfer to Chongqing.

"That was outrageous and was immediately scuttled by the Chinese FA that allowed Brendon's registration with his new club to be processed immediately.

"It is poor form by Chengdu Blades and goes against the image that Chinese football is working hard to show the world that football in China is a serious and well run business.

"Chengdu Blades is a black mark for football in China and we will make sure they meet their obligations."

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Andrew Slevison
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