One FIFPro member is outraged over Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger as the German midfielder has reportedly been deemed surplus at Old Trafford.
Schweinsteiger, 32, was left of the team against Everton in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial, a game where Mourinho used 22 players, and he is reportingly not training with the first team anymore as he is not in the Portuguese manager’s plans.
Dejan Stefanovic, a Slovenian lawyer and FIFPro member (players union) told BBC Sport: “It’s clear bullying. 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.”
“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.”
Schweinsteiger joined United last summer on a three-year contract from Bayern Munich for £6.5 million. He struggled with injuries and was limited to 18 league appearances last season.