A systematic error nearly caused Marco Pellegrino’s loan move to Salernitana to be blocked by FIFA, a report has revealed.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports that negotiation between Milan and Salernitana for Pellegrino could not be unblocked as the Argentine federation had mistakenly inserted 30 June as the closing date instead of 30 July in the TMS (Transfer Matching System) for the league.
It is an oversight that did not allow the central defender’s loan to be formalised because he had – as per the dates submitted – played for Club Atletico Platense and Milan in the same season. FIFA even blocked it.
The regulation, in fact, allows you to be registered for three teams in a season but only to be able to play an official match for two in any competition.
July 30th, the date of his last match with the Argentine club, was the first match of the current season. Lega Serie A noticed the error and together with the FIGC and FIFA resolved the issue by contacting the Albiceleste federation.
They then changed the date correctly in order to ‘match’ the transfer and it is expected that Pellegrino will now complete his loan move to Salerno on deadline day.
It is a mistake that happened in Argentina during the time of Enzo Fernandez’s move to Chelsea. He had played for Benfica and before that with River Plate, and even in that case the TMS had to be corrected.