VIENNA, July 5 Austrian international Sanel
Kuljic has left one club he did not want to play for, only to
move to another.
In the latest chapter of a convoluted process, Kuljic was
transferred from Swiss side FC Sion to Austria Vienna on
The 29-year-old striker was involved in a five-month legal
battle after walking out on Sion alleging he had not been paid
his wages, a claim disputed by the club.
Kuljic took his case to world soccer's governing body FIFA
and signed a provisional agreement with Austria Vienna, saying
he would join the club if his contract with Sion was nullified
by the end of July.
In the meantime, however, he attracted the interest of
league champions FC Salzburg and seemed set to join Giovanni
Trapattoni's team once his pre-contract agreement with Vienna
But Vienna and Sion disrupted that plan on Thursday when
they reached their own agreement, freeing Kuljic from his Swiss
contract and automatically taking the matter out of FIFA's
According to FIFA's transfer regulations, a player cannot
change clubs twice in a single transfer window without special
dispensation, meaning Kuljic is now almost certainly a Vienna
"A story with a happy ending, before the season has even
begun," was Vienna's verdict in a statement released on the
club's Web site (www.fkaustria.at).
"This whole farce is not over yet," Kuljic told the Web site
sport1.at. "Salzburg would have been the best solution all round
but nobody seems to have cared about what I thought.
"Now if I don't put in a good performance on the pitch,
everyone will say (he) just wants to get away from the club."