A member of the world’s players union FifPro has said that newly appointed Manchester United manager José Mourinho should be jailed for bullying and exiling Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger had a difficult first season at Manchester United under the then manager Louis van Gaal, as injuries kept him away from action for a majority of the season. His inability to perform as per expectations hasn’t helped the German’s case either.
With José Mourinho wanting to rebuild United’s midfield, and with the potential arrival of Paul Pogba, the competition for a midfield starting berth has become intense.
England based news outlet Daily Mail recently reported that the newly-retired German international Bastian Schweinsteiger was made to train with the U21s instead of the first team.
If there were any doubts about Schweinsteiger’s mistreatment at Manchester United, they were squashed by Bastian’s brother, Tobias Schweinsteiger.
Tobias is extremely vocal of his support for his brother Bastian and his favourite team Manchester United on social media. He took to this very platform to voice his opinion. He tweeted ‘No respect,’ which looks like a message about his brother’s treatment under Mourinho.
Schweinsteiger was absent from the squad for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial against Everton, even though Mourinho used all 22 players in the goalless draw at Old Trafford.
Dejan Stefanovic, now a lawyer and FifPro member from Slovenia, told BBC World Service 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.”
Do you agree with Stefanovic? Should Mourinho face a penalty for the mistreatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger?