Fiorentina and their former director Giancarlo Antognoni are threatening to sue each other, as their split becomes increasingly ugly.
The Viola legend was asked to change his role to one in the youth academy, which he rejected, calling it insulting and still a downgrade on the position he had within the club for several years.
“I am not against Fiorentina, if anything I am against this club that abandoned me. I am sorry for the fans and the players,” Antognoni told Repubblica newspaper.
It’s reported he is demanding Fiorentina pay him outstanding bonuses and image rights that he believes were owed from the last two years, including the use of his image in a season ticket sales advertising campaign.
The club has now reacted with a statement of their own, feeling “shock and regret” at his comments.
“The Viola club, very disappointed at the comments from Giancarlo Antognoni, has instructed its lawyers to send counter-deductions to the legal studio representing Antognoni.”
The 67-year-old is a Fiorentina icon who spent most of his career at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, from 1972 to 1987.
He was also in the 1982 World Cup winning squad for Italy.