The Reds have been arguing with Gerry Zuber (46) for months. On Tuesday we went to the labor court in Hanover (Az: 3 Ca 208/21) in the next round. Judge Sylvia Bittens and her two assessors did not give a verdict.
In the barely one hour negotiation, however, it came out with what reason Boss Martin Kind (77) fired the sports director in mid-June.
Zoff about vacation request!
No joke: The Reds accuse Zuber of “gross culpable violation” of his contract and speak of “self-leave”. The sports director would have “deceived” and would have “secretly disappeared”.
Everything was very shaky and threadbare …
Zuber had flown to Mallorca on vacation in the late evening of June 13th. He had submitted the application to Tobias Brinkmann, Head of Human Resources, on June 8 and received approval. “The vacation was stored in the system,” said Zuber lawyer Horst Kletke in court.
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Allegedly, the child has no access to this personnel system at 96. The boss is still raging, ordered Zuber back from vacation immediately – and then fired the sports director three days after his return on June 18.
What is really behind it, said lawyer Kletke clearly in court: “It’s about saving money!”
Because for the red gorges, the Zuber separation will probably be as expensive as its predecessor Jan Schlaudraff (38; 700,000 euros severance payment).
Zuber still has a contract until June 30, 2023. In addition to the “Corona deductions” of around 35,000 euros that were apparently wrongly retained, the Austrian is still entitled to 19 monthly salaries (approx. 30,000 euros each). Together they make over 600,000 euros.
Judge Bittens ended the hearing after 56 minutes, ending a (last) settlement proposal. Both parties will then have time to accept it until the end of January. But there is little hope.
Much more likely: Next year everyone will see each other again in court – for the next Zoff round.