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Former Al Ain Football Club manager sued for defamation.

A former coach of Al Ain Football Club should pay Dhs21,000 in temporary compensation for suggesting that he paid for the team's kit, an Abu Dhabi court was told.

Al Ain FC have lodged a defamation case against Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu

Al Ain FC have lodged a defamation case against Romanian Cosmin Olaroiu, who led the team to major success before falling out with management. He is accused of making defamatory comments online in which he allegedly suggested the club still owes him money for buying the team kit and that the club was in financial trouble.

It is the latest in a bitter fallout between Al Ain and Olaroiu. In November, the UAE Football Association handed down its toughest ever penalty to a coach when it fined Olaroiu Dhs100,000 and banned him for three games for suggesting at a post-match press conference that Al Ain was suing him over a contract dispute only because it was in financial trouble.

At yesterday's defamation hearing, a lawyer representing Al Ain said there was strong evidence in the case and that the court should impose a temporary Dhs21,000 fine on Olaroiu until it makes a final decision in the case.

If the court agrees, that would effectively make Olaroiu guilty of defamation until the court makes a final ruling.

Olaroiu denies making defaming comments online and the court agreed to allow him time to prepare his defence.

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Publication:7 Days (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jan 15, 2014
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