Arsenal consider their options over Van Persie claim

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Arsenal will consider their options following the injury sustained by Robin van Persie while on Netherlands duty – with Fifa appearing to have ruled out pursuing legal action for compensation against the Dutch federation. Van Persie suffered ankle ligament damage during the friendly against Italy on 14 November and is not expected to return until April next year.

The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, wants to have some redress, claiming the Dutch federation misdiagnosed the injury and indicated that Arsenal would be seeking compensation.

However, Fifa has confirmed that Arsenal are, like all teams, bound by the obligations of an agreement with Uefa and club representatives that it is their responsibility to fully insure players.

Fifa's "Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players", annexe 1, states: "Clubs releasing a player in accordance with the provisions of this annexe are not entitled to financial compensation... The club with which the player concerned is registered shall be responsible for his insurance cover against illness and accident during the entire period of his release. This cover must also extend to any injuries sustained by the player during the international match(es) for which he was released."

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