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Bullied footballer:club abandoned me

The Local · 9 Sep 2012, 06:52

Published: 09 Sep 2012 06:52 GMT+02:00

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The 23-year-old was bullied by FC Cologne fans who threatened him with physical violence and confronted him outside his home, forcing him to quit the second division club at the end of August.

But the defender told Sunday's edition of German daily Die Welt he thought the club took advantage of the situation to cut short his contract.

"I never wanted to cancel my contract. A proposal was put forward to me by the club," said Pezzoni who said he had no choice but to accept the termination of his contract by mutual consent.

"What else could I have expected? My situation was not going to get any better," he added.

"Who knows if after the next bad game these guys would have suddenly appeared in my apartment rather than just outside it... A club is supposed to protect its players and supporters, but this was not the case."

Having joined FC Cologne in 2008 from Blackburn Rovers, Pezzoni, who had his

nose broken by a fan in February while celebrating in the city, told club coach Holger Stanislawski he no longer felt safe playing for the team.

After the attack on Pezzoni outside his apartment, Cologne coach Stanislawski said: "That is just not acceptable and can't ever be so."

Pezzoni's plight sent shockwaves through Germany's footballing community with national coach Joachim Löw having insisted the situation was "unacceptable."

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National team manager Oliver Bierhoff also branded those fans responsible as "criminals."

"Now, it should be clear to everyone that there can be no tolerance of an event like this," Reinhard Rauball the president of the German Football League (DFL) said.

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13:38 September 9, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Football is dirty. Players are like lifestock to the directors of a football club. I would believe they are capable of doing anything to get the player they want as well as get rid of the player they don't want. We are talking huge transfer fees as well as large salaries. So much money flowing around unbridled without any proper guidelines and ethics.
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