Montenegrin Nikola Nikezic, who said he was forced to end his contract with Kuban Krasnodar after being beaten up, has settled his dispute with the Russian Premier League club, the players’ union chief said on Monday.
“The two sides have reached an agreement for Kuban to pay Nikezic compensation of $256,000 for the final year of his contract,” Nikolai Grammatikov, secretary general for the Russian players’ union (RSFT), told Reuters.
Nikezic lodged a complaint with FIFA and UEFA this month alleging that he was beaten up and threatened with a gun at Kuban’s training ground, forcing him to annul the final year of his two-year deal with the club.
“I was invited into a room where I was met by two strong men,” Nikezic wrote in a letter to soccer’s world and European governing bodies.
“When I refused to sign, saying I still have another year on my contract, I received a powerful blow to the liver. I simply feared for my life,” added the former international, who represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Grammatikov said: “I think they (Kuban) have realised it was the right thing to do and settle this case without any further complications. We could say common sense has prevailed.”
Kuban officials were not available for comment but the club’s general director Suren Mkrtchan was quoted as saying by Russian media that the case was being resolved.
Grammatikov said Kuban could still face sanctions by the Russian FA. (Yahoo)
It is astonishing that in this day and age something like this could occur, especially in the Premier League of nations football association. Nikezi? had arrived at the club after a successful spell at Le Havre and in fact was part of a successful promotion push but clearly they still wanted him out. Interestingly enough the current manager of Kuban Krasnodar is none other than former Chelsea and Sheffield Wednsday full back Dan Petrescu!