Jose Mourinho can’t seem to get rid of controversies. The Manchester United manager has now been accused of bullying for his treatment of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The latest reports have suggested that Mourinho wants to get rid of the German international and has forced him out of first-team activities. The 32-year-old has also been forced to train with the reserves by the Portuguese.
The world football players’ union FIFpro has now come out and accused of the United manager of bullying the United player. FIFpro’s Raymond Baard even suggested that, in a different country, Mourinho could have been sued for his actions.
Baard told Sky Sports: “Schweinsteiger has been put in a situation where Manchester United are trying to force him to move on and leave the club. He was hired for a particular job, let him train with the first team. It doesn’t set a good example for other clubs around the world.”
Another FIFpro member, Slovenian lawyer Dejan Stefanovic, went to the lengths of suggesting that Mourinho should be imprisoned for his actions.
He told BBC World Service Sport (via Goal): “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 a 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.”
United have also attracted criticism from Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The German claimed that Schweinsteiger’s treatment at United is unprecedented and could discourage other players from joining the club in the future.
“I could hardly believe it. One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club,” Rummenigge said according to ESPN. “Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”
Schweinsteiger, who won eight Bundesliga title and 2013 Champions League title with Bayern, joined United last summer but failed to live up to the expectations due to injuries.