Jose Mourinho has been accused of bullying Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The World Cup winning german captain has been banished from the first team and forced to train with the club’s youngsters.
Mourinho has already decided the 32-year-old midfielder will not be part of his plans and wants him out.
Schweinsteiger joined United in a £12m deal from Bayern Munich last summer but suffered a miserable first season at Old Trafford.
United are ready to sell him just to get the £200,000-a-week veteran off the wage bill.
But Jose Mourinho has come under severe criticism for his treatment of Schweinsteiger from Dejan Stefanovic, a leading member of the worldwide players’ union Fifpro.
Stefanovic believes, Schweinsteiger has the ground for taking legal action against the United boss.
He said: “If this would have happened in Slovenia, we would have indicted Jose Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty possible because he’s setting a bad example.
“This is clearly meant to discourage Bastian. Unfortunately, a lot of our fans accept that. Because he’s idolised and he’s getting a lot of money, he can be treated differently.
“They do not perceive our rights as equal to their rights just because we earn a lot of money – and that’s not right.
“He should turn to the PFA and he should file a complaint and I would also seek a penalty for Mourinho.”
Stefanovic has called on Mourinho to call Schweinsteiger back into the first team fold and added: “He should reinstate him back into training with the first team.
“Of course, this doesn’t mean that he has a right to play, but he has to undergo the same treatment as most of the other players.
“I would take it to the ordinary court. In our case, the penal code is quite clear. If there is bullying and harassment, there’s a prison sanction, a maximum of three years in prison.
“Usually, it’s enough for us to call the club and just threaten, but nobody seems to have done it yet in England.”
Bayern Munich bosses have also waded into the row with president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying: “I could hardly believe it. One or two players are going to think long and hard about whether they want to go to such a club. Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”
Former Bavarian boss Ottmar Hitzfeld added: “It’s a lack of respect for a worthy player and it’s a method which is strange to me.
“Schweinsteiger is a key player, a world champion, a personality, while at the same time he has an exceptional attitude.”
Schweinsteiger, who won 22 trophies during his time at German giants Bayern Munich, seems to be the first highest profile casualty in Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford.