Alex Song claims 'unfair dismissal' following FC Sion sacking

Alex Song and Johan Djourou were team-mates at Arsenal
Image: Alex Song and former Arsenal team-mate Johan Djourou were both sacked by Sion

Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Alex Song has taken his case to FIFA following his sacking by FC Sion.

Song was one of nine players dismissed by the Swiss side for refusing to take a pay cut as an emergency measure following the impact of coronavirus pandemic.

FC Sion insist Song and eight team-mates refused the new terms and were sacked with immediate effect following the suspension of the Swiss Super League.

The Swiss players' union has indicated it's support for the players, with Song intending to claim 'unfair dismissal'.

Song told French broadcaster RMC: "My lawyer will take care of it, it's gone to FIFA. We're going to defend our right.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 22: Oleg Shatov (R) of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and Alex Song of FC Rubin Kazan vie for the ball during the Russian Football League match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Rubin Kazan at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)
Image: Song is intending to claim 'unfair dismissal' by Sion following his sacking

"We played a friendly on Friday and we were supposed to meet with the president on Monday, then Tuesday. We had no news.

"We received a WhatsApp message on Tuesday afternoon to tell us that everyone had to sign a paper saying that we'd reduce our salaries, that we'd be paid around 12,000 euros.

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"We had to return the paper by 12pm the next day. We received this document without an explanation."

He added: "We decided together to not sign this document. We wanted to discuss it.

"I've not committed any professional mistake. Every club talks to their players to reach solutions.

"I don't understand what's happened. Nobody can understand it."

Along with Song, another former Arsenal player Johan Djourou was sacked along with Christian Zock, Pajtim Kassami, Ermir Lenjani, Xavier Kouassi, Birama Ndoye, Mikael Facchinetti and Seydou Doumbia.

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