Macedonian player Predrag Samardziski (215 cm) filed a claim against former team Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd (Red Star) at the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT). The big man, who played for the Serbian club late in the 2012-13 season was asking for outstanding salaries, bonuses and interest from the team. Predrag alleged that the club made only partial payments and that his contract with them was unilaterally terminated without just cause. Red Star answered his claim at the tribunal and argued that it was entitled to terminate the Contract due to his poor performance.
Quentin Byrne-Sutton, the Arbitrator of the case, ruled in favor of Samardziski and upheld his claim in its entirety. The ruling award stated as follows:
1. BC Crvena Zvezda Telekom shall pay Mr. Predrag Samardziski – in dinars calculated at the middle exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia on the payment date – an amount equivalent to EUR 173,750.00 net of tax, as compensation, plus interest at 5% per annum on such amount from 26 June 2013 onwards.
2. BC Crvena Zvezda Telekom shall pay Mr. Predrag Samardziski an amount of EUR 5,910.00 as reimbursement for his arbitration costs.
3. BC Crvena Zvezda Telekom shall pay Mr. Predrag Samardziski an amount of EUR 6,000.00 as a contribution to his legal fees and expenses.
4. Any other or further-reaching requests for relief are dismissed