Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should be jailed for “bullying” former Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to a member of world player’ union FifPro.
The new Manchester United boss does not see the 32-year-old German midfielder as part of his future plans and banished him to the reserves.
Slovenia FifPro member, Dejan Stefanovic has told the BBC that Mourinho’s behaviour was out of line and should be severely punished.
“It’s clear bullying.
“Mourinho is setting a bad example. I would take it to the ordinary court,” said Stefanovic, the Slovenian Footballers and Sportsmen Union president.
He said Mourinho would face jail time if he were found guilty, adding that Fifa rules dictated that Schweinsteiger had a right to train with the first team.
“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,” said Stefanovic, who is also a lawyer.
He urged Schweinsteiger to file a complaint on his “bully” treatment at Old Trafford to the Professional Footballers’ Association, stressing that “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 appeared in good spirits as he thanks Red Devils fans for their birthday wishes in United shirt.
Following Mourinho’s demotion of Schweinsteiger to the reserves, the German legend’s brother, Tobi, took to Twitter to hit out at the decision.
Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and former head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld have also criticised Mourinho’s treatment on Schweinsteiger, a World Cup winner in 2014.