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Kurban Pays 'Beaten' Footballer

Montenegrin Nikola Nikezic, who said he was forced to end his contract with Kuban Krasnodar after being beaten up, has settled his dispute with the Russian Premier League club, the players' union chief said.

"The two sides have reached an agreement for Kuban to pay Nikezic compensation of $256,000 for the final year of his contract," said Nikolai Grammatikov, secretary-general for the Russian players' union.

Nikezic lodged a complaint with FIFA and UEFA this month alleging that he was beaten up and threatened with a gun at Kuban's training ground, forcing him to annul the final year of his two-year deal with the club.

"I was invited into a room where I was met by two strong men," Nikezic wrote in a letter to football's world and European governing bodies.

"When I refused to sign, saying I still have another year on my contract, I received a powerful blow to the liver. I simply feared for my life," added the former international, who represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Grammatikov said: "I think they [Kuban] have realized it was the right thing to do and settle this case without any further complications. We could say common sense has prevailed."

Kuban officials were not available for comment, but the club's general director Suren Mkrtchan was quoted as saying by Russian media that the case was being resolved.

Grammatikov said Monday that Kuban could still face sanctions by the Russian FA.

"Since the FA had already opened an inquiry into this case, they could punish the club if the allegations were found to be true," he said.

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