David O'Leary had the world at his feet 11 years ago, reaching the Champions League semi finals in his first management role. He had it all did David, but now he is chasing the crazy wealthy owners of Al-Ahli for monies owed after his premature dismissal from the Dubai club after just 12 months of a 3 year contract.
Graham Noakes, head of Professional Game at the FA, said: "Following application from Mr O'Leary's advisers, the FA has referred this matter to Fifa which has the authority to intervene in disputes of this kind."
Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers' Association, added: "David O'Leary has been left with no option but to place his contractual dispute with Al Ahli before the Players' Status Committee/Dispute Resolution Chamber of Fifa.
"The LMA is committed to protecting and, where necessary, enforcing the legal rights of its members, and to ensuring that clubs honour their contractual obligations in the all too frequent event of a manager's dismissal.
"Our commitment to this goal is the same whether our member works at home or abroad."
David down the years..