Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar have paid more than £150,000 in compensation to a former player after allegedly arranging for him to be roughed up for refusing to cancel the final year of a two-year contract.
Montenegrin striker Nikola Nikezic alleged that he was beaten up by two heavies during a supposed meeting about his contract with the Russian Premier League club.
Nikezic recounted his shocking experience in a letter he sent to both FIFA and UEFA earlier this month. He claimed he was punched, throttled and threatened with a gun for 20 minutes before being reaching the conclusion that he probably did want to cancel his contract after all.
The alleged incident took place at Kuban’s training ground on March 7. Nikezic, aged 29, was ushered into a private office by trainer Nikolai Khlistunov to discuss the contract situation.
Khlistunov is reported to have made made a final invitation for him to sign the contract termination before two heavies entered the room to dish out a beating.
“One of the men put the papers in front of me and in an aggressive manner and demanded from me that I sign the papers to terminate my employment contract.
“When I replied that my contract has another year to run, and that these negotiations are to be carried out in presence of my representatives, I received a powerful blow to the liver.
“The second man took off his jacket…and under it I saw two pistols in a holster.
“They once again demanded that I sign the documents, and when I refused, I received a second powerful blow to the same spot. They started to strangle me, and threatened to make an invalid out of me.”
“After 20 minutes, I was left with no energy and a great fear for my life. I signed 3 copies of the agreement and 2 documents, the content of which is unknown to me since it was in Russian.”
After initially dismissing the claims as “wild” and threatening to sue their former player, Kuban Krasnodar have today decided to pay-up the final year of his contract instead.
A club statement said: “The two sides have reached an agreement for Kuban to pay Nikezic compensation of $256,000 for the final year of his contract.
“(Kuban) have realized it was the right thing to do and settle this case without any further complications. We could say common sense has prevailed.”
Random Kuban fact of the day: they’re managed by ex-Chelsea man Dan Petrescu.
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