SD Huesca threatens legal action against Nwakali over comments


SD Huesca have threatened legal action against Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali after the player alleged he was treated unfairly following the Spanish club's early termination of his contract on Tuesday.

According to a statement on the Huesca website, Nwakali was suspended in February when he returned to the club 10 days late and presented "amazing stories" for his tardiness.

However, Nwakali said on Wednesday that Huesca had cancelled his contract because he refused to represent Nigeria in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

This was expressed by the former Arsenal player in an emotional statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday, read his statement (Here).

Huesca responded a few hours later, saying they treated the Nigerian with the highest respect and that they would take legal action to safeguard their reputation.

"On Kelechi Nwakali's assertions made earlier today after the early termination of the contract that tied him and SD Huesca, the club wishes to voice its unequivocal repudiation given their complete lack of veracity," the Spanish side said on their website.

"All of this is done in the conviction that the club has acted at all times with the utmost respect for the player. 

"Nevertheless, in view of the seriousness of certain statements referred to in his notice, this club reserves for itself the right to take the appropriate legal action to defend its rights to protect their legitimate interests."

But the Spanish Soccer Players Association vowed to challenge the Nigerian’s dismissal, saying it violated the player’s labour rights, to spark a three-way fight between, player, club and the union.

AFE, the Spanish players union, insisted that it would defend Nwakali following the violation of the player’s labour rights.

AFE stated, “Given the numerous information that is appearing, some erroneous, AFE wants to clarify that the dismissal will be challenged -as it cannot be otherwise- before the courts of the city of Huesca with the aim of continuing to safeguard the labor rights of the soccer player.

“AFE understands that, with this unilateral resolution adopted by the club, the labor rights of Kelechi Nwakali have been clearly violated.”

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