Former Ivory Coast international Seydou Doumbia has been released by Swiss club FC Sion as coronavirus pandemic disrupts sporting activities.
The Swiss club decided to release nine players as the football break occasioned by the virus took its toll on the financial state of the football world. The affected players were released after they apparently refused to accept wage cuts.
Doumbia took to Instagram to counter the club's statement that they refused to engage in any talks on how to deal with the arising situation.
“You have no doubt learned through media of the financial difficulties encountered by my employer FC Sion, which occasioned it to dismiss several players from its roster including me. I want to clarify something very important to me: I remained professional (and I still remain) until the last training with the club when the decision to terminate was made," he wrote.
The 32-year-old then said that the club did not engage in any talks or discussions before making the decision.
“I would, therefore, like to enlighten the supporters and supporters of FC SION that there have been, on the part of my teammates and me, no lack of consideration or any other argument, which led to this situation. There was no dialogue, no accompanying measures, none whatsoever. Dear followers, these are the facts that I have had to live in the last 48 hours, in addition to the compulsory confinement, necessary for the survival of each and every one. Receive my most cordial greetings, " he said.
On Friday, FC Sion president Christian Constantin sacked nine players for allegedly refusing to take an unemployment settlement in light of the coronavirus.
Among the players affecetd include Alexandre Song, Johan Djourou, Christian Zock, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Xavier Kouassi, Birama Ndoye, Mikael Facchinetti and Doumbia.
The entire squad was contacted on social messaging service WhatsApp by president Christian Constantin on Tuesday. Constantin’s message asked the players to take a "technical unemployment" deal which would see them receive a payment of around 9600 Swiss francs - an amount that is equivalent to 80% of the legal monthly salary in Switzerland.
The players were given until noon on Wednesday to respond and, although many of them refused or failed to reply, nine were subsequently let go - many of them on contracts that were due to expire at the end of June.