Judge orders Barça to pay 7.7 million euros to sacked playerHalftime
They signed him in 2020, he only played 17 minutesthey terminated the contract with the change of presidency and now the Barcelona must pay 7.7 million euros (the equivalent of 157.6 million Mexican pesos) to the Brazilian soccer player Matheus Fernandesinformed the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia on Tuesday.
Matheus Fernandes case in Barcelona
Hired in the era of Josep María Bartomeu as president and Ronald Koeman as coach, in the 2020 winter market from Palmeiras, the Barcelona announced in June 2021, three months after Joan Laporta became president, the termination of the Matheus contractwhich ran until 2025.
As soon as he arrived at the culé club, Matheus played directly on loan at Valladolid and in August 2020 he joined Barcelona, but the then Dutch coach Koeman – whom he said had “something against him” – barely gave him 17 minutes in a Champions League match against Dynamo kyiv.
Why does Barça have to pay Matheus?
According to the sentence, Barça alleged the player’s poor performance to proceed with his dismissalafter barely a year and a half at the Barça club. The judge rejected this argument. stating that “neither the content of the employment contract of January 30, 2020 nor the absence of real and concrete factual content of the dismissal letter shows insufficient performance of the actor in training.”
The magistrate also does not see “his own real comparative parameter with his previous performance or with other players in agreed or accredited terms that justifies any disciplinary breach.”
The magistrate points out that “the real reason for the extinction was the unilateral business decision to do without and not to assume as part of its squad a footballer signed by the previous board against the sporting criteria of those responsible, the technical secretariat and the technical-coach team, of the club” and therefore declares the dismissal inadmissible.