World football governing body, FIFA, has yet again given Italian Serie A club SS Lazio more time to respond to the wage dispute brought before it by Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi.
The 23 year old midfileder left Lazio for Turkish side Trabzonspor in August but alleges the Italian club owe him two months wages before the transfer. Lazio however failed to respond to email, fax and telephone calls by Onazi’s representatives over the issue. This prompted the Super Eagles player to approach FIFA for dispute resolution.
Lazio was given until November 29 to respond to Onazi’s claims but the Italian side failed to do so and instead asked for a 20-day extension to FIFA’s deadline, claiming they are struggling to translate written letters from Italian to English even though such process should take only a few days.
In the latest twist, FIFA has again granted Lazio an extended time to state their case after club sent partially illegible documents to the football governing body. Lazio now has until 11th January 2017 to turn in all documents on the issue after which a decision shall be taken by FIFA.
Onazi spent five years at Lazio, scoring seven goals in 110 appearances before his transfer in August.