Dismissed in January 2021 from his post as trainer of Mouloudia d’Oujda (MCO), the former Moroccan international Abdeslam Ouaddou intends to obtain redress from the competent authorities, namely the CNRL and the FRMF in the first instance, and claims close to a billion cents at the club. The details.
After having led only two matches, Ouaddou was thanked by the management of the Moroccan club MCO, on January 6, he who had signed up for 4 seasons, thus denouncing a dismissal ” without motive »And accusing the club’s president, Mohamed Houar, of having breached his contractual commitments.
A year after the outbreak of this affair, Abdeslam Ouaddou intends to seek compensation from his former employer. Indeed, in a summary presentation of the A. Ouaddou / MCO case, of which MoroccoLatestNews holds a copy, the lawyer for the ex-Moroccan international, Me Alexis Rutman, explains in detail what happened between the two parties and reviews the complaints of his client.
” Originally, Mr. Ouaddou was offered by the President of the MCO Club a great opportunity to set up, as General Manager, Head Coach of the Senior Team and Responsible for the development of the sports sector (school of football, pre-training and training), an ambitious project within the Club, relying in particular on its experiences in Europe. The common objective of the parties was then to allow the MCO Club to structure and professionalize itself by giving itself the human, logistical, financial and sporting means to achieve certain sporting objectives. Unfortunately, Mr. Ouaddou’s hopes were quickly showered and the return to reality was brutal“, Says the lawyer.
Breach of contractual commitments by the MCO
Thus, and from the hiring of Abdeslam Ouaddou in October 2020 until his brutal ousting in January 2021, the same note explains that ” the MCO systematically violated the contractual commitments made with regard to it (salary arrears, non-payment of agreed benefits in kind, non-reimbursement of expenses, absence of insurance, etc.) advanced by Mr. Ouaddou“.
In a climate that has quickly become ” unbreathable“, Underlines the lawyer, Mr. Ouaddou nevertheless made every effort to accomplish his mission, specified the same source. ” While, in mid-December, Mr. Ouaddou was on sick leave and had justified it, Club MCO knowingly initiated, in his absence, a disciplinary procedure against him, thus depriving him of the possibility of appearing before the Disciplinary Council of the MCO in order to present its defense. Subsequently, the MCO Club unilaterally terminated Mr. Ouaddou’s employment contract without mentioning the slightest reason in his notification letter.“, Explains the note.
Meanwhile, continues the same source, ” the MCO Club attempted to impose on Mr. Ouaddou a radical modification of his employment contract, which would have led, in particular, if it had been accepted by Mr. Ouaddou, to reduce the duration of his employment contract to 9 months (with a term of June 30, 2021 instead of June 30, 2024), which of course was purely and simply unacceptable“, Considers the lawyer in his note.
Having refused so ” legitimate ” such a ” proposal “On the part of the MCO Club, the latter took the decision to terminate his contract unilaterally, without even taking care to mention the slightest reason, recalls the note.
In this sense, the lawyer’s note announces that the former Moroccan international intends to obtain compensation from the competent authorities, namely the CNRL of the FRMF in first instance, and therefore requested the condemnation of the MCO Club to pay him in particular ” salary arrears and other contractual benefits owed by the MCO Club for the period between the effective date of the employment contract and the termination date of said employment contract“.
Abdeslam Ouaddou also calls for ” damages in compensation for the financial and professional damage he suffered, corresponding to all the remuneration remaining to run between the date of termination of the employment contract and its original term ” as well as ” damages in compensation for the moral prejudice he suffered as a result of the unacceptable actions of Club MCO towards him“.
Through his fight, Abdeslam Ouaddou ” strongly hopes that the CNRL of the FRMF will send a message to the Clubs on the absolute need to strictly respect the employment contracts concluded with their employees (players, staff, other functions), starting with their main obligation to pay wages , it being specified here that, for his part, Mr. Oouaddou never received the slightest dirham of salary from Club MCO “, Raises the lawyer in his note.
Even more, the same source believes that this is an opportunity for the CNRL to ” recall that an employment contract can only be terminated unilaterally by the employer in compliance with the applicable legal provisions, failing which any employee is entitled to obtain full compensation for the damage caused to him by an illegitimate termination of his employment contract. job“.
Finally, the note argues that it is ” of public knowledge that the FRMF is very sensitive to these issues, to say the least sensitive »Recalling« that on several occasions in the past years, it has in particular imposed on the Clubs certain measures in order to strengthen and preserve the rights of players within the Clubs“.
Regarding the competent FIFA bodies and even more the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, the lawyer’s note specifies that Abdeslam Ouaddou reserves the right, if necessary, to appeal to his authorities when the time comes. , which are ” just as sensitive, giving a preponderant place to the fundamental principle of contractual stability“.
Today, the claim for damages claimed by the former Moroccan international is before the FRMF’s Litigation Chamber, his lawyer tells us.