TOKYO (AP) Vahid Halilhodzic is suing the Japanese football association and its president Kozo Tashima after he was fired as national coach just two months before the World Cup.
Lionel Vincent, the lawyer representing Halilhodzic, told the Associated Press on Monday that the suit asks for an apology from Tashima and indemnification of 1 Japanese yen – less than 1 US cent.
Vincent says Halilhodzic feels betrayed and hurt by the dismissal. The lawyer says ”we’re doing this for honor, and there’s no price for honor.”
Halilhodzic was fired April 7 and replaced by Akira Nishino. The JFA said Halilhodzic was fired for a ”lack of communication.”
Halilhodzic was hired in 2015 and guided Japan through World Cup qualifying, but was fired following a pair of disappointing friendlies -a lackluster 1-1 draw with Mali and a 2-1 loss to Ukraine.