Greek international Vassilios Tsartas has walked away from AEK Athens FC after the Hellenic National League (EPAE) released him from his contract with the club.
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.
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.
Nikolaidis has also launched a court action against AEK's majority shareholder Chrisostomos 'Makis' Psomiadis, accusing him of invasion of privacy and threatening behaviour.
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