Bloemfontein Celtic have found themselves in hot water after terminating Patrick Tignyemb's contract for an alleged abusive rant without summoning him to a disciplinary committee.
Tignyemb who is a foreign player will have his matter heard straight to FIFA and Celtic could be expected to pay the departed goalkeeper for the remainder of his contract.
However, Celtic are in the middle of financial turmoil, and the issue could end up like the one involving AmaZulu and Namibian player Phineas Nambandi.
Should the Phunya Sele Sele club fail to remunerate Tignyemb, they suffer the risk of Usuthu's fate who had six points deducted for refusing to pay Nambandi after abruptly terminating his contract in 2014, which led the club to pay him approximately R1million.
Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, SA Football Players Union (Safpu) president Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe confirmed they were studying the matter, believing there are irregularities.
"I am not going to pre-empt but justice must be served. We will have to look at the merits, but from where we are sitting, we think proper processes were not followed in firing him," Gaoshubelwe said.
For what Celtic chief executive Khumbulani Konco branded an "abusive rant", the club nullified Tignyemb's contract on Monday, ending his 11-year stay at the club.
He still had two years left on his contract as it was due to expire at the end of June 2021. As the captain, the Cameroon-born keeper was representing the players in engaging management about outstanding bonuses.
While Konco was not reached for comment yesterday, on Monday, speaking to Sowetan's digital platforms, he painted a violent picture of Tignyemb, implying he was not representing his teammates.
"Patrick came to the office, alone, around 3 or 4 PM. And then whatever altercation he had at the office, that was what resulted in him being [fired]," Konco was quoted as saying.
Tignyemb has disclosed that he wanted to appear before the DC but the club denied him that opportunity and further added that he would challenge the unfair dismissal.
"There was no DC. nothing. Even if you killed a person, you go to court and the judge asks you 'why'? Then you are sentenced.
"I asked for a DC, but they refused and I said 'thank you very much; please pay me my money'. I will fight them through Fifa," Tignyemb said.
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