Falkirk’s bank account could receive a timely boost over the next five days.
The Bairns host a money-spinning televised game with Rangers on November 30 which could net the club up to £130,000. But prior to that is the final chapter of the Mark Stewart cash wrangle which takes place tomorrow (November 25). Bradford City have forced the issue over the player’s training compensation to the Court of Arbitration in Sport after refusing to hand over the £215,000 fee calculated by FIFA in February.
Falkirk general manager David White will travel to Lausanne in Switzerland with a team of lawyers for the hearing on Monday which could add almost a quarter of a million to the Bairns coffers - and wipe out the financial loss of last season. The transfer saga has rumbled for more than two years since Stewart, now at Kilmarnock, turned down a contract offer from Falkirk and left the club. The Bairns were due a fee for his player development costs and under a FIFA directive this amounted to €230,000 but Bradford contested their requirement to pay, forcing the Bairns - who were backed by the SFA - to take the case to FIFA who ruled in their favour in February. However the Bantams still disputed this and took the final step to CAS after talks between the clubs throughout the 28-month saga failed to reach a settlement.