Jose Mourinho accused of bullying Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has received plenty of support since being extradited from the Manchester United first team set up.

Family members, former teammates and chairmen from other clubs have all leapt to the German midfielder's defence after it became very clear he wasn't part of Jose Mourinho's plans at Old Trafford last week.

But the latest person to join the criticism of the new United manager has launched an astonishing attack on Mourinho - even claiming he deserves to be sent to prison.

Dejan Stefanovic is a board member of the world players' union, FIFPro, and has slammed the Portuguese's decision to force Schweinsteiger to train with the club's Under-23 side.

In an interview with the BBC, the Slovenian said: "It's clear bullying.

"In Slovenia, we would have indicted Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty - three years in prison.

"This is clearly meant to discourage Bastian. Unfortunately, a lot of our fans accept that, because he's idolised and he's getting a lot of money, he can be treated differently. They do not perceive our rights as equal to their rights just because we earn a lot of money and that's not right."

As of yet, Mourinho has struggled to find a potential buyer for the 32-year-old, who only arrived at Old Trafford 12 months ago, and is unwilling to give Schweinsteiger a chance in the new regime.

Fitness problems dogged his first season in England, but the ex-Bayern Munich star put together a string of consistent performances for Germany at Euro 2016 and even retired from international duty after the tournament to dedicate the rest of his career solely on club football.

It hasn't won Mourinho over though and Stefanovic has urged Schweinsteiger to make a formal complaint about his current treatment.

Stefanovic added: "Mourinho is setting a bad example. I would take it to the ordinary court. In our case, the penal code is quite clear. If there is bullying and harassment, there's a prison sanction, a maximum of three years in prison.

"Schweinsteiger should turn to the Professional Footballers' Association and he should file a complaint and I would also seek penalty for Mourinho."

"All the players of the first team have to train with the coaches of the first team at the same place, at the same time as all other team-mates."

The Red Devils boss is likely to take Stefanovic's comments with a pinch of salt as his sole focus at the present will be preparing his new club for the upcoming campaign.

It will certainly be interesting to see whether Mourinho reopens the door for Schweinsteiger if the club are unable to sell him and the talks for Paul Pogba surprisingly collapse, but history suggests there is almost no way back once you fall out of favour under the former Chelsea manager.

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