ZURICH, June 27 (Reuters) - Argentina international Ariel Ortega has been ordered by FIFA to pay Turkish club Fenerbahce an astonishing Ã‚Â£6.6million compensation for breach of contract.
The midfielder has also been banned from playing any club football until December 30, 2003, world soccer's governing body said on Friday following a ruling by its Dispute Resolution Chamber.
Ortega left Istanbul-based Fenerbahce midway through last season, despite being under contract to the Turkish club until 2006.
A FIFA spokesman said the player had 'committed a breach of the employment contract signed with Fenerbahce on 13 February 2003, without just cause, and thus must pay Fenerbahce an amount of Ã‚Â£6.6m as compensation.'
Former River Plate player Ortega, who was a part of the Argentina squads for the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, joined Fenerbahce for 8 million euros before the 2002-03 season.