The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has announced that International Court of Appeal will convene in September to hear the spy row appeal requested by FIA president, Max Mosley.

Mosley has referred the matter to the Court of Appeal as a result of Ferraris misgivings over the original verdict reached by the World Motor Sport Council on July 26.

A brief statement announced that the proceedings will take place sandwiched between the back-to-back events in Italy and Belgium in September, with the Court assembling one-day before practice begins at Spa, on Thursday September 13. It is somewhat later than thought, as most reports had suggested that a late August date was likely for the hearing.

As was made public over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, all the teams in the sport have been invited to attend, while it will also be open to the media too.

The full statement read:

"The International Court of Appeal (ICA) will meet in Paris on Thursday September 13, 2007 to hear a referral by the President of the FIA concerning a decision of the World Motor Sport Council regarding a breach by the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team of Article 151(c) of the International Sporting Code.

"The referral was made by the FIA President under the terms of Article 23(1) of the FIA Statutes and Article 1 of the ICA Rules and Procedure.

"In the interests of transparency the hearing will be open to members of the press and details of the accreditation procedure will be published closer to the time.

"All of the teams competing in the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship have been given the opportunity to make written submissions to the ICA and have been invited to attend the hearing to supplement their submissions with oral presentations."

For the record, the original WMSC verdict noted that there while McLaren was in possession of the confidential Ferrari dossier and in breach of article 151c of the International Sporting Code, there was 'insufficient evidence that it had been used in such a way as to interfere improperly with the FIA Formula 1 World Championship'.

As such no penalty was given - something the Scuderia was not happy about, hence the row has dragged on to the Court of Appeal.

 

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