By Adefunmiloye Alani

2nd Jul, 2021 | 5:49pm

Marcelo Bielsa loses case for unfair dismissal against Lille

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has lost his case for unfair dismissal against Ligue 1 outfit Lille in the labour tribunal, according to La Voix du Nord.

The Argentine was seeking £16million in damages, but the court has ruled in the club’s favour, insisting he committed serious misconduct for which he was dismissed and ordering him to pay £4300 to them.

The ruling says the Leeds boss had no grounds to seek damages for defamation to his image and reputation [La Voix du Nord].

Appeal on the cards

Bielsa initially appealed a decision by the commercial court after his case claiming £5.6million in damages against Lille was dismissed back in March 2018 [La Voix du Nord].

The Leeds boss was ordered to pay £2579 in legal fees to Lille, and another appeal is definitely on the cards after the Labour Tribunal threw his case out.

It is beyond us why any club would be engaged in a legal battle with Bielsa, and we want justice served in this matter.

Leeds love the Argentine and would hope to have him in the Elland Road dugout for as long as possible.

Lille suspended the 65-year-old after just 13 games in charge back in November 2017, terminating his contract the following month.

Bielsa’s decision to let some of the experienced players leave was widely regarded as the beginning of the trouble, and clearly, the French club did not appreciate his methods.

Their loss is our gain, though, as Leeds would not have had the chance to land him in June 2018 if he was still with Lille.

We do not want any legal issues troubling our Bielsa ahead of the coming campaign or during it, and we hope things can be resolved quickly.

Knowing El Loco, he is not going to give up in this fight as he hates being cheated, and hopefully, he wins the next appeal.

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