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Mike Phillips Planning Legal Action Against Bayonne

Mike Phillips Planning Legal Action Against Bayonne
By Liam Godinho Updated

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Sacked Bayonne scrum-half Mike Phillips has announced his plan to take legal action against the French club over his dismissal.

The Welshman allegedly turned up drunk to a team meeting, for which he will have his contract cancelled, with club chairman Alain Afflelou describing the behaviour as "treason" in an interview with Sud Ouest yesterday.

In a statement, Phillips claims he was not informed of the decision by the club:

"I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the decision taken by Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club to terminate my employment.

"I was also disappointed by the fact that I officially heard about my dismissal through an interview given in a French newspaper this morning.

"As a result of discussions with my legal team in France I have now instructed them to issue proceedings against Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club through the French judicial system.

"I wish to thank my team mates and the many friends I have made in the Basque Country for their help and kindness over the past two seasons.

"I will now wholeheartedly concentrate all my energy and efforts on training with Wales and try to earn a place in the match day squad to help Wales have a successful Autumn campaign against South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Tonga."

Via Irish Independent

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