Former Carlton Soccer Club owner Peter Jess has launched legal action against Serie A outfit Empoli, claiming it owes him $3million for the transfer of Marco Bresciano to Parma.
Carlton collapsed in 2000, but before the club was wound up Jess negotiated the sale of Socceroos midfielder Marco Bresciano to Empoli for $120,000, with the deal including a sell-on clause that would give Carlton a share of any future move.
But while Bresciano did in fact move from Empoli to Parma in August for $23million, the Herald Sun reports Empoli refused to pass on Jess' share when he met with the club's director of football Giuseppe Vitale.
While Carlton administrator David Wright has asked Soccer Australia to seek FIFA intervention, that route may take months, forcing Jess to engage lawyers in Italy in an attempt to claim his share, as well as an extra $500,000 for damages and costs.
Wright will have first call on any money that may be forthcoming in future, and Jess added that his action does not involve either Bresciano or Parma in any way.