ASSE condemned!


By: Manu Tournoux

AS Saint-Etienne was condemned by the industrial tribunal in the conflict between it and Stéphane Ruffier.

The verdict is in: the Saint-Etienne industrial tribunal has ordered ASSE to compensate its former goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier. The termination of contract for serious misconduct pronounced in January 2021 by the Greens against their emblematic doorman was deemed unfounded.

This is a very good decision which recognizes the disproportionate disciplinary sanctions and the unfounded dismissal for serious misconduct. », Says the player’s lawyer, Me Dorothée Bisaccia-Bernstein, relayed by Agence France Presse. During her indictment, the latter denounced “ a long period of moral harassment carried out by coach Claude Puel and general manager Xavier Thuilot, who had the mission of reducing the payroll and firing the players who cost the most “.

Possible sequels?

As a result, the Forézien club is condemned to pay more than 850,000 euros to the former last international rampart. 609,000 euros for “ early termination of the fixed-term contract ”, and nearly 250,000 additional euros in damages for the loss linked to a “ disproportionate disciplinary sanction “. “ The club has taken note of the decision rendered by the Industrial Tribunal and is awaiting notification to consider further action. », Says Me Olivier Martin, who defends the interests of ASSE.

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