Messi’s former trainer, Quique Setien, threatened to sue Barca in court after being sacked last month by the club for his poor performance during the season. Coach Quique Setien and 3 assistants Eder Sarabia, Jon Pascua, and Fran Soto threatened to sue Barca in court for not being treated fairly in the labor contract issue.
Barca fired coach Quique Stein’s team on August 18, just three days after the club lost to Bayern Munich 2-8 in the Champions League. But until yesterday, a full month after being fired ahead of schedule, Coach Setien and his aides still had not received the contractual compensation as agreed.
Barca fired coach Setien only 7 months after signing the contract
Barca did not send coach Setien the official contract termination document through burofax. But in a statement shared on Twitter, Coach Setien claimed to have sent the burofax to Barca late last month to request a settlement of the contract. Previously, Barca chose coach Koeman over Setien to lead the football club.
Mr. Setien urged, “the absolute silence of the club in the past month” clearly showed the intention of Barca’s board of directors to “not comply with the contract signed by the two sides on January 14, 2020”.
Barca’s delay made their former employees angry and forced to seek court help to reclaim their legitimate rights. The source of the AS revealed, Setien asked Barca to pay 4 million euros in compensation in the 2020/21 season.
Coach Setien will sue Barca in court for the compensation of the contract
However, this lawsuit will not affect coach Ronald Koeman leading Barca in the first match of the new season against Villarreal in La Liga. After the dismissal of coach Setien, Barca had a written notice sent to the Spanish Football Federation.
Therefore, the rules of La Liga and the Spanish Football Federation allow Barca to have the entire season to pay off debts for former employees. But Setien’s team of course did not accept that approach, so the two sides had to settle it in court.