Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho deserves to be ‘sent to prison’ for his treatment of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to a board member at FIFPro.
The 32-year-old Germany international’s future at Old Trafford has been thrown into serious doubt over the course of the last week or so, with reports circulating that ‘Mou’ has resorted to drastic measures to force him out.
It’s understood that Mourinho has told ‘Schweini’ that he has no role in his plans going forward and that he will be training with the club’s U-21s until he finds himself a new employer.
And in reaction to this, Dejan Stefanovic, a lawyer and member of FIFPro, the world players’ union, has claimed that ‘The Special One’ is a ‘bully’ and that he deserves to be sent to prison for his treatment of Schweinsteiger:
“If this would have happened in Slovenia, we would have indicted Jose Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty possible because he’s setting a bad example,” he told BBC World Football (via Goal).
“This is clearly meant to discourage Bastian. Unfortunately, a lot of our fans accept that, because he’s idolised and he’s getting a lot of money, he can be treated differently. They do not perceive our rights as equal to their rights just because we earn a lot of money and that’s not right.
“He should turn to the PFA and he should file a complaint and I would also seek a penalty for Mourinho.
“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.
“[This is] in Slovenia and in most countries in Europe, but nobody applies that [to football]. Usually, in our case, it’s enough for us to call the club and just threaten but nobody seems to have done it yet in England.”
Schweinsteiger only signed for Man United from Bayern Munich last summer, but struggled to make himself a first-team regular under Louis van Gaal.