Mallorca set to punish Webo for strike action

Real Mallorca have announced they will open disciplinary proceedings against striker Pierre Webo after the Cameroonian refused to play in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday.

In a statement issued, club secretary Miguel Coca confirmed Mallorca’s stance, saying it is in line with League and Players Association stipulations, that in light of serious or very serious cases can lead to economic sanctions.

Webo informed club Coach Michael Laudrup of his intentions not to play in Wednesday’s encounter with Hammerby after consulting his agent Paco Casal. The club’s top scorer last season with 11 goals is said to be increasingly unhappy by the Islanders’ refusal so far to open negotiations on a contract extension, or to release him on a free transfer to play elsewhere.

In May the player issued a public ultimatum to the board to sell him if they could not offer him a new contract. With the former Osasuna forward’s current deal expiring in June 2012, he has since followed that late-season demand by offering the club a choice.

The player has asked Mallorca for either substantial improvements to his current terms, or to be released early from his contract, with the offer of forgoing money owed to him. Valued at €2.5m, chairman Jaume Cladera has expectantly failed to agree to either option, instead declaring the player is available to other clubs, but only if the right offer come in.

In light of the club’s position, Webo then spoke at length with Laudrup after Tuesday’s training session, and informed him the following day of his desire, on Casal’s advice, to sit out the club’s friendly that is part of their pre-season work in Sweden.

Interestingly, Casal’s management of the situation is thought similar to that of agents working for Mallorca’s former player Felipe Mattioni. In light of Mattioni’s refusal to train last summer, his contract was rescinded and his agents received a notable pay-off.

Having failed to convince Webo to play, Laudrup would still be less enthralled to see the 29-year-old leave the club currently in administration, having already lost half a dozen first-team members on free transfers this summer. The 47-year-old Coach has so far struggled to compete financially on the market, the club signing Gianni Zuiverloon, Tomer Hemed, Juan Calatayud and Pablo Caceres so far.

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