Mike Phillips has confirmed in a statement that he plans to sue Bayonne, the club that recently released him from his contract for arriving at a video analysis session drunk.
“As a result of discussions with my legal team in France I have now instructed them to issue proceedings against Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Club,” Phillips said.
“I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the decision taken… 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.”
The interview he is referring to came from Bayonne’s chairman Alain Afflelou yesterday and was published in French newspaper Sud Ouest. He described Phillips’ actions as ‘inexcusable’ and accused him of ‘treason’ against the club, adding that he had wanted to fire the Wales scrum-half as soon as he heard the news, but had to wait in order for a disciplinary hearing to take place.
Phillips said he will “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”.
What do you make of the whole Phillips saga? Were Bayonne right to fire him, and does he now have grounds for legal action?
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