Adrian Mutu has “without any justification abandoned” training, prompting Fiorentina to sue for “insubordination,” read a statement.
The situation was already tense between the Romanian and the club, even though he only returned from a nine-month doping ban in October.
“The player Adrian Mutu today unilaterally and without any justification abandoned the training session,” read a stern statement on the club website.
“This sudden decision, which also provokes damage to Fiorentina on a sporting level means he cannot play against tomorrow's delicate away game at Bologna.
“His departure came after a meeting between the club and the player's representative during which we discussed his future.
“Such an act of insubordination and lack of respect towards the Fiorentina jersey and the team was only the latest in a series of similar incidents by the player Mutu.
“It forces Fiorentina to reserve the right to take any action in any arena, both Federal and Civil.”
It means not only could the Viola take a similar route to Sampdoria in trying to terminate Antonio Cassano's contract, but also they could sue Mutu for damages in a civil court.
It is also reported that the former Juventus and Chelsea striker has a deal to join struggling Cesena, but wishes to make it a loan or even a free transfer.
“A while back we did talk to Mutu's agent and confirmed if the player could get away for free, then we would be interested in making a proposal,” said Cesena director Lorenzo Minotti.
“However, all this talk is premature, as if he doesn't release himself from his Fiorentina contract, then it would be a difficult move to complete.