Yasmani Duk goes to Saudi Arabia; may launch FIFA suit for unpaid Cosmos wages

Yasmani Duk [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

Another former Cosmos has found a new team as Yasmani Duk will travel to Saudi Arabia to play for Al-Ettifaq FC after spending the 2016 season on loan with New York. TICC spoke with with player’s agent, Rodrigo Osorio, discovering the deal had been approved and legal action might be taken against the Cosmos for unpaid wages. According to Diez, Osorio and an official of Sport Boys were to meet last week to discuss details of the deal, as the player was still under contract to the Bolivian side.

TICC was able to follow up with Mr. Osorio, learning new information about Duk’s move to Saudi Arabia, how his time with the Cosmos ended and legal actions they may take against the NASL club.

“I can tell you that Duk will play for the club Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia,” the agent confirmed with TICC. “The contract is for six months with an extension for another year.”

The agent also confirmed that an agreement had been reached with Sport Boys.

“Yes, the club has accepted the loan,” he said.

Yasmani Duk [Photo: Steve Hamlin/TICC]

The talk turned to the Cosmos where, continuing a theme of players being unpaid, it was revealed that the striker was also waiting for wages owed to him.

“They didn’t pay Duk,” revealed Osorio. “They owe him for October, November, and December.”

He also revealed that they were poised to take legal action should the Cosmos not handle the unpaid wages.

And the deadline is fast approaching.

“We’re waiting for them to pay this week. If not, we’ll start a suit through FIFA.”

While it’s unclear just how many players are still owed money and for how long, this is the first clear indicator that a player is poised to take action through the international governing body of the sport.

Duk’s case might echo that of Ogenyi Onazi, who recently took Italian club Lazio to task through FIFA for two months of unpaid wages in October. The case is still underway. In January of 2016, the governing body handed out punishment to Ukranian club Volyn Lutsk for its failure to pay two players.

Duk started eight of his eleven appearances for the Cosmos, scoring twice and adding an assist. He was called away several times on international duty to Bolivia, including during the NASL Final, and was also out due to injury with a broken nose suffered during the Copa America Centenario.

Al-Ettifaq, in Dammam, is currently in sixth place in the Saudi Arabian Jameel League and have not claimed a title since 1987.



4 thoughts on “Yasmani Duk goes to Saudi Arabia; may launch FIFA suit for unpaid Cosmos wages

  1. Luis, did you contact the NY Cosmos for their side of the story?

    Good and proper to get both sides on an article. Would be interesting to hear the Cosmos side as they’ve said they have paid players salaries for 2016 and only owed bonuses that were in process to be paid by the end of December.

    • You’re absolutely right. Unfortunately, there’s a number of factors here. One, I’m not sure who to reach out to anymore. Two, I have consistently received deflections when asking questions. Three, the club can only tell me so many times that players have been paid when I hear multiple accounts from players who have not been, including the Sebastian Guenzatti tragedy written up by Empire of Soccer.

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