Court Seizes Corinthians' World Championship Trophy

Soccer club has a US$ 670,000 debt with a São Paulo private university

São Paulo
Corinthians' Alessandro holds up the trophy after beating Chelsea FC, 1-0, during the final of the FIFA Club World Cup soccer in 2012 - AP

A São Paulo court decided on Thursday (8th) to put a lien on the Fifa Club World Cup that Corinthians won in 2012, after winning Chelsea 1 to 0 in Japan.

The court decision is the result of a lawsuit from a higher education institution, called Instituto Santanense de Ensino Superior, which claims a debt of R$ 2.5 million (US$ 670,000) from the soccer club. The trophy will be appraised before the lien is valid.

In 2006, college UniSant'Anna, owned by the plaintiff, started a partnership with Corinthians that allowed it to use part of the club's headquarters as a campus.

However, in 2008, the college started to complain that the club's administration didn't allow students and staff inside the premises, and the institute sued for damages in a São Paulo court.

In 2010, Corinthians lost the cause, but the soccer club appealed several times, with the debt ballooning to the current US$ 670,000.

Previously, the college tried to block the sale of player Rodriguinho to a soccer club in Egypt to collect the court-ordered damages. When the move failed, the college kept bringing new appeals to the court.

Club president Andrés Sanchez mocked the lawsuit: "At least we have another World trophy, right? We were in advanced negotiations with them, but the college lawyers wanted to get some press, and they pulled this move with the trophy," he said.

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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