BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Ipswich Town believe they could be due compensation from the Scottish Football Association after Ryan Fraser suffered a serious knee injury while on international duty.
The 21-year-old, who is on loan at Portman Road from Bournemouth, has been ruled out for at least two months due to medial ligament damage sustained while training with Scotland’s under-21 squad earlier this month.
The English Championship outfit are now examining whether the SFA are liable to make a cash payout under FIFA’s Club Protection Programme.
Ipswich managing director Ian Milne told BBC Radio Suffolk: “We are looking at it. [Club secretary] Sally Webb is checking with the Scottish FA to find out what the situation is. He’s out for two months but hopefully it won’t be more than two months.”
However, it appears unlikely Ipswich will succeed in their quest for compensation.
The Club Protection Programme guidelines indicate that the scheme only covers players on duty with their senior national team, whereas Fraser was representing Scotland’s under-21 side.
FIFA confirm compensation is applicable when players are released for “matches for the senior men’s ‘A’ representative team.”