– A FIFA players union chief wants to see Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho jailed.
– Dejan Stefanovic thinks the Portuguese for treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger
– The former player says the Portuguese coach deserves a three year jail term
Top lawyer and players union chief Dejan Stefanovic has labelled Jose Mourinho a bully for his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United.
The FifPro member and former footballer thinks Mourinho should be sent to prison for banishing the player to the reserves since arriving as manager in the summer.
“It’s clear bullying,” Steferovic is quoted as saying by The Mirror UK.
“In Slovenia, we would have indicted Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty – three years in prison. This is clearly meant to discourage Bastian. Mourinho is setting a bad example. I would take it to the ordinary court.
“In our case, the penal code is quite clear. If there is bullying and harassment, there’s a prison sanction, a maximum of three years in prison.
“Schweinsteiger should turn to the Professional Footballers’ Association and he should file a complaint and I would also seek penalty for Mourinho.”
The former player added that he hoped FIFA regulations are changed to cater for players who are banned from the first team.
“All the players of the first team have to train with the coaches of the first team at the same place, at the same time as all other team-mates.
“That’s something that should be applied to each and every club and should be written within FIFA regulations.”
United have declined to comment on Stefanovic’s remarks.
Schweinsteiger’s name was absent from United’s squad for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial against Everton at Old Trafford last night, a match in which Mourinho used 22 players.
Midfielder Schweinsteiger, 32, joined United on a three-year deal last summer – one year after winning the World Cup with Germany – but failed to make a big impression during an injury-hit campaign.