Robbie Fowler claims to have been wrongfully dismissed by Brisbane Roar who he says “turned gangster” in pushing him out of the club.
The Liverpool legend left the A-League club in June in what was believed to be an amicable split forced upon both parties due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Fowler had returned to his home in the UK along with his assistant and former Everton midfielder Tony Grant — a move that saw striker Roy O’Donovan call his ex-coach “selfish”.
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But in sensational claims told to the Sydney Morning Herald, Fowler says he didn’t walk out on coaching Brisbane and has taken his dispute to the game’s governing body, FIFA.
“They just suddenly turned gangster on us,” Fowler told the publication.
“Lots of people have opinions about me but one thing I’m not is selfish. I had a job to do and I wanted to finish that job.
“I wasn’t given the chance to go back and show people what we potentially could have done.”
Fowler insisted he gave “everything” he had to the club in his one season that saw his family travelling back and forth.
He added: “Getting labelled selfish and a quitter and other things, it’s very poor play. I’m certainly not selfish and I’m not a quitter.”
FIFA’s dispute resolution tribunal is expected to deliver an outcome on Fowler’s petition within 30 days, SMH reported.
Fowler is seeking damages after his two-year contract was ripped up.