Former Celtic ace Anthony Stokes will be reported to FIFA by Persepolis after he missed training and left Iran without permission.

The Irishman has also has his contract ended by the Iranian side who are unhappy with his conduct over the past few weeks.

Stokes also appeared in court earlier this week (Scottish Sun) in news that seems to have tipped his employers over the edge.


The Scottish Sun have some quotes from their managing director Mohammad Hassan Ansarifard

He says: “We wanted Stokes to return to Iran so we could go through the disciplinary process in the correct manner for his breaches of contract.

Stokes with Leigh Griffiths

Stokes with Leigh Griffiths (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

“However, following his court case, he will no longer be a Persepolis player. We don’t want him to return, but we do intend to report him to FIFA.

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“We have to do this to protect the club.

“He has also received a substantial salary from us and has not fulfilled his contract, therefore we will be seeking compensation from him.”

Stokes has had a troubling time

Stokes has had a troubling time (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

FIFA interest could make life difficult for Stokes

While it would be daft to comment on Stokes’ latest allegations without knowing the full story, it does seem like things aren’t going too well for him out in Iran.

He is clearly set to leave Persepolis in the near future and it will be interesting to see where he tries to pick his career up from.

Amazingly, he’s still only 31-years-old and probably has another four or five seasons in him at a semi-decent level.

He’s spent his last few years in Iran and Greece and may feel that coming closer to home makes more sense at this stage of his career.

Stokes had a good spell at Hibernian

Stokes had a good spell at Hibernian (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He was always a pretty talented footballer and you still feel he could cut it in Scotland with a bottom six Premiership club.

But it seems like he’s got a messy few months ahead of him, both on and off the pitch.

And with FIFA likely to be contacted, things could be about to get even worse.

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