Swedish football player Mattias Bjärsmyr has enlisted the help of lawyers to take action against cash-strapped Super League team Panathinaikos for unpaid wages.
Athens sports daily newspaper SportDay said Bjärsmyr became the first active player in the club’s history to seek legal action for unpaid wages. The move was made by his lawyer Martin Dahlin, who on behalf of his client is claiming 870,000 euros.
Bjärsmyr signed a four-year contract in July 2009 worth 1.6 million euros.
The 26-year-old was hardly featured this season as the team locked in second place in the Super League behind champions Olympiakos.
Panathinaikos have deep financial problems and an emergency shareholders meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday to seek a way out of a reported 27 million euro debt.
Founded in 1908, Panathinaikos are one of the oldest and most successful teams in Greek football history, having won 20 Greek championships and 17 Greek cups. They reached the European Cup finals in 1971.
While the club has continued to enjoy success in recent years, financial problems have forced them to offload a number of key players.
Bjärsmyr signed onto the team in 2009 after moving to southern Europe from IFK Gothenburg. He has played three times for the full national team.
(source: SportDay, AFP, The Local)