Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger had been condemned collectively.
Schweinsteiger, 32, was an important player Germany’s World Cup winning squad, but is now reportedly training with Manchester United’s reserves players.
He had already been informed that he will not feature in new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans, and was not among the 22 players used by Mourinho in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday.
Among the people to criticize Mourinho’s actions were a member of Fifpro and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president of Schweinsteiger’s former club, Bayern Munich.
Dejan Stefanovic, a lawyer and FifPro member from Slovenia believes that Mourinho’s actions is worthy of a prison sentence.
“It’s clear bullying,” he said. “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.”
Rummenigge also weighs on Schweinsteiger’s treatment, saying that United could discourage players from joining the Red Devils.
“I could hardly believe it,” he said. “One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club. Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”
However, Schweinsteiger had to force his way back into the first team at Bayern after being told in 2005 by then coach Felix Magath to train with the reserves since he did not have a place for him in the first team. He bounced back to lead Bayern to a domestic double, before further contributing to his haul of eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokals and the 2013 Champions League.