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NASL player traded for hotel & travel accommodations

Thursday, January 9, 2014

NASL outfit Fort Lauderdale Strikers have hit the headlines after selling their midfielder Wálter Restrepo for a rather unique transfer fee.

Wálter Restrepo was voted to the NASL's Best XI in 2012
Wálter Restrepo was voted to the NASL's Best XI in 2012

Photo: Facebook/Walter-Restrepo

The club, who play in the second tier of US football, executed a trade on Tuesday that sent Restrepo to the San Antonio Scorpions in exchange for hotel and transportation arrangements should they come to San Antonio in June.

In a release put out by the team, Scorpions president Howard Cornfield said: "The Scorpions would also like to thank Bill Brendel of the Crockett Hotel and Mark Thronson of Shark Limo, two long-term, great partners, for their incredible assistance.

"It was only through their assistance that we were able to get this deal done."

The Crockett Hotel, a business partner of the Scorpions, charges $169 per night for the two nights in question, meaning that the lodging portion of the deal will likely cost less than $5,000.

Fort Lauderdale will receive no additional cash in the transfer fee, only the hotel rooms, use of a bus in San Antonio and "maybe one team meal per trip."

This is far from the strangest transfer fee world football has seen, though.

In 2002, Norwegian club Floey agreed to buy striker Kenneth Kristensen for his weight in fresh shrimp from rival club Vindbjart.

Meanwhile in 2006, Romanian club UTA Arad sold Marius Cioară in exchange for 15 kilograms of meat.

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