Lyon (AFP)

The Euroleague mediator on Tuesday informed Asvel and his former coach Zvezdan Mitrovic, dismissed by the Rhone club for serious misconduct, "that he was putting an end to mediation between the parties because he had not managed to bring them together amicably "The technician's lawyer announced on Tuesday.

"With regret, Zvezdan Mitrovic will have to move towards a judicial treatment of the dispute during which he will seek all of his financial loss", said in a statement Me Le Cerf-Galle, the coach's counsel Montenegrin.

Mitrovic, 50, still owed a year to Asvel, who announced on June 16 that he had appointed TJ Parker, brother of club president Tony Parker, as head coach and Frédéric Fauthoux (ex-Boulogne-Levallois) as 'assistant. The two men were presented to the press late Tuesday morning.

"I have no problem seeing the president of Asvel give 51% of Zvezdan Mitrovic's job to his brother and 49% to one of his friends who was freed from his contract with Boulogne-Levallois at the beginning of May . Two men will not be too many to replace him, "said Xavier Le Cerf-Galle.

"It is unheard of in the midst of a pandemic and socio-economic crisis to take the decision to terminate in May the employment contract of a coach who did his job excellently well for reasons as fanciful as an accumulation of technical faults which date back to March and February (and even before in 2018) and to put his salary on Pôle Emploi, that is to say on national solidarity ", continues Mitrovic's counsel.

The latter recalled that his client had brought to the club villeurbannais in a year and a half a title of champion of France and a cup of France in 2019, a Leaders Cup in 2020 and ten prestigious victories this season in Euroleague, the most popular European competition prestigious.

"The president of Asvel roughly wanted to get rid of the salary of Zvezdan Mitrovic who is a qualified, competent and recognized by his peers as a great European coach and make room to promote his brother's career by offering him the opportunity to coach in the yard of the biggest coaches in the world (...) A desire for several years ", added Me Le Cerf-Galle.

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