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Saturday, June 7, 2003

Yokohama annuls Cafu contract

YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) Yokohama F. Marinos have received damages for breach of contract from World Cup winning Brazil captain Cafu and annulled their deal with the defender, who was supposed to join the club next month, Yokohama officials said Friday.

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Brazilian Cafu (right) had his two-and-a-half year deal worth $3.5 million annulled by Yokohama F. Marinos on Friday. The club also received damages for breach of contract.

Yokohama announced in January that Cafu had signed a two-and-a-half year deal worth $3.5 million to join in July after his current contract with Serie A club AS Roma expires, but the 32-year-old had second thoughts and is now poised to sign for newly crowned European champion AC Milan.

Cafu told Yokohama in April that due to family and other reasons he would not be able to honor the agreement and entered into negotiations to cancel his contract.

"It's very disappointing," said Yokohama president Shigeo Hidaritomo. "Cafu's representatives asked us to put the transfer off for a few years but we felt that it would be more beneficial for the club to wipe the slate clean," he added.

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