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Iheanacho faces problems in US over contract row

 
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Nigerian News Update » Nigerian Newspapers
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Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is facing problems in the United  States after allegations were made against him that he may have misled a court in Pennsylvania,  The Sun reports.

Iheanacho, 20, is embroiled in legal battles with his previous representatives, American-based First Eleven Management, after pulling out of a contract with them two years ago to sign with Stellar, who look after Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

Iheanacho filed pleadings that denied he knew or spent time with Henry Galeano, who separately claims he is his former agent.

The Nigerian — who is expected  to move to Leicester this week after undergoing his medical on Tuesday — claimed he believed Galeano was an alias used by First Eleven Management co-owner Robert Zanicky.

New Yorker Galeano was the company’s registered Fifa-licenced agent.

SunSport and the American court have been handed a series of photos and documents that will require an explanation from the Super  Eagles   forward.

The crucial legal question for Iheanacho will be whether he did more than merely meet Galeano or happened to be with him on occasions. It certainly seems clear they at least met.

Galeano is pictured by his side as he signed a new Manchester City contract shortly after his 18th birthday in October 2014.

Other photos show Iheanacho seemingly having fun with Galeano and Zanicky in a restaurant as well as at a theme park.

The legal position is further complicated because Galeano — in a signed and sworn affidavit submitted to the court — claims he spent “hundreds of hours” with the player.

Under Pennsylvania Law, if it is found Iheanacho knowingly tried to mislead the court, he could be charged with unsworn falsification — which, if found guilty, carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.

And with an impending £25m  move to Leicester on the cards, his new club will want assurances that his case in the US is being properly handled and will not become a ticking time-bomb.

In his court affidavit, Galeano said,  “For the avoidance of doubt, Iheanacho and I have spent hundreds of hours together.”

He also added,  “Robert Zanicky never used my name as an alias.”

Galeano claims he became Iheanacho’s official FIFA-licenced agent in July 2013 after both men signed a Representative Agreement.

Spokesman for the Nigeria Football Federation Ademola Olajire urged both parties to settle the issue out of court.

“We don’t have comments on the issue,” Olajire told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday.
 
 
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