Football: McCann threatens to sue after pounds 3m Viduka quits
Monday 07 December 1998
The 23-year-old flew back to his native Melbourne claiming he was "depressed" and leaving Celtic in no doubt that he was giving up football just days after his pounds 3m transfer from Croatia Zagreb.
McCann also indicated that he will be withholding full payment from Croatia Zagreb until the matter is fully resolved.
"The club is now most concerned about certain aspects of the transaction regarding Marko Viduka," McCann said. "We will be seeking clarification over the next few days from various parties, including Croatia Zagreb."
As to Viduka's claim that he was quitting because he was "not in the right state of mind to play football", McCann said: "It is a sudden problem. There was no indication from the player, Croatia Zagreb or IMG [Viduka's agents] of any psychological problem."
The problem only came to light when the manager, Josef Venglos, and club doctor, Jack Mulhearn, visited Viduka at his hotel on Saturday. "We offered medical counselling, and to bring his parents over from Australia as well as giving him an extended Christmas break but Marko rejected all these offers. He said he didn't want to play football," McCann said.
"Marko said he knew he was giving up a wonderful opportunity and that his decision would wreck his career.
"There are question marks surrounding the fee and where it is going. There is a lot more to this than Marko suddenly saying he has psychological problems."
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
Luke Shaw arrives a week early for Manchester United pre-season training after cutting short post-World Cup holiday
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Brazil vs Netherlands World Cup 2014: A history of the third-place play-offs
Luis Suarez joins Barcelona: Liverpool and Barca confirm the striker has been sold in £75m, five-year transfer
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£60000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Integration...
£75000 - £85000 per annum + ex bens: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Biztalk Te...
£60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Trade Desk Specialist (FIX, Linux, Windows...