Tsartas wins AEK release

Greece midfield player Vassilios Tsartas is his contract with AEK Athens FC was cancelled.

Free agent
The 30-year-old midfield player became a free agent today when the EPAE backed his case to have his contract terminated. Tsartas had demanded to be released in a row over unpaid wages and bonuses, and successfully sued the club for €450,000.

Right of appeal
AEK have the right to appeal the decision, which was made by the EPAE's Financial Disputes Committee. Tsartas signed a three-year contract with AEK in July 2000 to rejoin the club after four seasons in Spanish football with Sevilla FC.

Nikolaidis decision
Meanwhile, the EPAE is expected to give a ruling on Monday on the future of Tsartas's former teammate at AEK, the Greek international forward Themistoklis Nikolaidis, who last week lodged a petition asking for his contract to be cancelled due to unpaid wages.

Law suit
Nikolaidis has also launched a court action against AEK's majority shareholder Chrisostomos 'Makis' Psomiadis, accusing him of invasion of privacy and threatening behaviour.