Zvezdan Mitrovic, then Asvel coach, last year. (archives) - VALERY HACHE / AFP

Montenegrin Zvezdan Mitrovic took note on Friday of his dismissal from his position as coach of Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne, his lawyer denouncing the "method" used by the club. "There is a lot to be said about the method, the so-called reasons and the consequences of this unprecedented decision," said a statement from his lawyer, Xavier Le Cerf-Galle. "The time and place are not, however, for oral argument or even for commenting on the elements of presidential language which only convinced their author and his circle of advisers," the press release continued.

"This time will come, if however the lawyers of Asvel and myself do not manage to quickly and amicably settle this unjustifiable situation which stunned the basketball world", adds Me Le Cerf-Galle. "Dismiss Zvezdan Mitrovic after what he brought to this organization in eighteen months, because a referee whistled a technical fault to him, it is as if Jean-Paul Rappeneau had fired GĂ©rard Depardieu from the shooting of Cyrano de Bergerac for having spoken too loud during the tirade of the nose, "he concluded.

Vague reasons

Friday, the president of Asvel, Tony Parker had confided in an interview granted to the sports daily L'Equipe , "that it was obvious that the current procedure is not linked to sports results". "There are limits that were crossed, things that had been negotiated with him, before his contract, which had to be respected and he did not respect them," added the leader, who was rather vague, while evoking, without further details, "respect for people, image".

Zvezdan Mitrovic, 50, arrived in Villeurbanne in January 2018 to replace the Franco-Canadian JD Jackson. With him, the Villeurbanne club won the French championship and the French cup last season. When the season ended, Villeurbanne was co-leader of the France Elite championship with Monaco and Dijon but also 15th of 18 in the Euroleague three points from 7th and 8th place, the last qualifiers for the quarter-finals of the 'test.


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