The tribunal has officially ruled Sampdoria cannot terminate Antonio Cassano's contract. “There are no winners here,” said his agent.
The verdict was finally handed in to the Lega Serie A this evening after several days of discussions.
“There are no winners here,” said agent Giuseppe Bozzo. “There remains the bitterness that I already felt at the start of this saga.
“In any case, we cannot be satisfied, even if the tribunal reached an important decision in avoiding the contractual termination.”
Samp wanted to terminate his contract due to ‘insubordination' after a blazing row with President Riccardo Garrone on October 26.
However, the tribunal has ruled there are no grounds for such a radical course of action, so Cassano will be brought back into the squad from February 1.
That means a three-month suspension will have been served from the time this legal process first began.
He will be heavily fined, though, so forced to continue work at half his current wages until the contract expires on June 30 2013. He now earns €5.35m gross per season.
“Now we have to collaborate with President Garrone, who we never stopped talking to, in order to find a solution,” added Bozzo.
It is still highly unlikely that Cassano will play for Sampdoria again, as he will probably be put on the transfer market straight away.
Milan are the favourites to sign him and could well take the player on loan.
Any permanent sale would require a €5m payment to Cassano's former club, Real Madrid.