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South American club champions Olimpia are free to play in next month’s World Club Cup Final against Real Madrid after they withdrew legal action against the Paraguayan football association.

Olimpia president Osvaldo Dominguez had filed lawsuits against AFP president Oscar Harrison and vice-president Antonio Colman.

The action alleged fraud and misuse of the expenses of a 96-person delegation sent to the 1998 World Cup finals in France FIFA, whose rules forbid clubs from taking complaints to civil courts threatened Olimpia with explusion from the Yokohama final if they did not drop the court cases.

Dominguez now has reportedly dropped the legal action “as from today”.

Olimpia will now take their grievances directly to FIFA.

“Our complaints will be heard and things will not be allowed to stay as they are,” Dominguez said.

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