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Ex Kotoko chief Larsen: Schmidt has no case

Published on: 29 March 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Former Chairman of Asante Kotoko Maj. Yaw Larsen says the club was right to have sacked coach Hans Dieter Schmidt in 2005.

A ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sports has compelled the Kumasi-based club to pay a whooping €90,000 to the German coach for his wrongful sacking.

The club also incurres an 11,000 Swiss Francs cost in legal fees for the case which lasted seven years before a final verdict was reached.

But Larsen says Schmidt, 64, has no basis to make such a claim since he was dismissed according to the dictates of his contract.

“Yes, I was the chairman at the time when we decided to dismiss the coach (Schmidt),” he told Kumasi-based Kessben FM.

“This decision was taken a long time ago so I don’t know why the issue has been resurrected. I will advice the current administration to treat it with the contempt it deserves.

“This is because he (Schmidt) was dismissed per the dictates of his contract which gave us the power to dismiss him if he misconducts himself.

“He did several things in his time to warrant the sacking and we did just that according to his contract.

“I think he has played a fast one on the current management so I will urge they treat it with the contempt it deserves.”

Maj. Larsen in pointing the way forward has directed the current administration look for a copy of Schmidt’s contract to mount a defence over the ruling despite revealing he hasn’t been contacted yet concerning the issue.

“No I have not been contracted but I think management should just get a copy of the contract after which they will see the coach has no case whatsoever.”

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