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Halilhodzic to sue JFA over firing

The Yomiuri ShimbunVahid Halilhodzic, the former head coach of the Japanese men’s national soccer team, intends to file a lawsuit against the Japan Football Association to restore his reputation over the way he was sacked, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

Halilhodzic, who was dismissed on April 7, could file the lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court as soon as this month, according to sources.

On April 9, JFA President Kozo Tashima announced the 65-year-old Bosnian’s dismissal.

The final decisions on these personnel matters were “the sole prerogative of the president,” Tashima said.

Halilhodzic’s lawyer will soon send a list of questions to establish why the JFA’s Executive Committee was not consulted ahead of the sacking and intends to uncover the circumstances surrounding the process through a lawsuit.

The lawyer also is considering taking the matter to FIFA’s arbitration body.

Halilhodzic “was hurt by ‘communication levels’ being cited as the reason for his completely unexpected dismissal,” the lawyer said.

“He wants to restore his relationship [with the JFA] in a way his hard work over the past three years and his accomplishments, including qualifying for this year’s World Cup, will not be wasted.”Speech

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