Bantams refuse to pay up for out-of-contract Falkirk striker

Mark Stewart tangles with new Bairns defender Darren Dods, then of Dundee United
Mark Stewart tangles with new Bairns defender Darren Dods, then of Dundee United
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Bradford City have today disputed Falkirk’s claim to compensation for Mark Stewart.

The striker moved to the Bantams last Friday (July 1) after the expiry of his Bairns contract.

But Falkirk maintained they had protected their interests and right to compensation by offering him a contract extension late last year.

The club, who brought Stewart in from Partick Thistle, said they could take the matter all the way to FIFA if a deal cannot be struck that acceptable to both clubs.

Stewart’s new club, however have disputed Falkirk’s claim.

In a website statement Bradford City said: “Falkirk FC issued a statement this week saying they had fully p[rotected their rights for tra\ining and development compensation for the striker’s services.

“After discussions with various organisations, the Bantams dispute this fact and believe no compensation is due to the Scottish club.”

Stewart finished the Bairns’ top scorer and moved to Bradford along with freed midfielder Chris Mitchell after impressing the club’s Scottish chief scout Archie Christie.

The Bairns are currently en route to Inverurie where they play their first match of a two-game weekend against the local Locomotive Works’ side at 7.45 p.m. tonight.

They face Peterhead tomorrow at Balmoor. Kick off 3 p.m.