FOX SPORTS

Reports: Coach sues CA over dismissal

Share This Story

   
 

SYDNEY (AP)

Sacked national coach Mickey Arthur is seeking up to $4 million in compensation or his job back from Cricket Australia, claiming he was racially discriminated against, local media reported on Tuesday.

South African-born Arthur -- Australia's first foreign head coach -- was fired last month before the Ashes series after CA said he failed to turn around declining standards of discipline in the team.

A Seven Network television report cited court documents it says show Arthur is seeking payments and compensation to the end of his 2015 contract. His salary was reportedly $400,000 per year plus some $200,000 a year in bonuses.

Seven said Arthur, who was replaced by former Australia test batsman Darren Lehmann, claims he was discriminated against because he was from South Africa and did not understand the Australian way.

The court documents also show Arthur saw himself as the "meat in the sandwich" amid a fierce feud between captain Michael Clarke and allrounder Shane Watson, Seven reported.

Check out our latest Facebook updates, tweets and photos.

The network added that Arthur also alleged Watson told him about the incident in which Australia opener David Warner punched England batsman Joe Root during the Champions Trophy. Arthur was fired shortly after the incident and Warner was subsequently fined and suspended.

"We're disappointed it has come to this position, but Cricket Australia is confident in its position on this matter and I'm sure it will get resolved in an appropriate fashion," CA lawyer Dean Kino told Seven.

Arthur guided Australia to 10 wins, six losses and three draws since his appointment in November 2011, but he polarized public opinion when he dropped four players -- including then vice-captain Watson -- for the third test in India for failing to complete written reports on their individual contributions to the team's performance. The embarrassing saga was quickly dubbed "Homeworkgate."

Watson left India before returning a week later to captain the team in the fourth test after Clarke was sidelined with injury. He has since stood down as vice-captain and, for the Ashes tour, veteran Brad Haddin was recalled as Clarke's deputy despite not being the first-choice wicketkeeper in more than a year.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


FOX SPORTS Videos

Why is LeSean McCoy practicing blindfolded? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Eagles RB 'Shady' McCoy.

Could Richie Incognito get another NFL job? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Richie Incognito.

Byron Scott: No Laker Can Beat Me In Horse - @TheBuzzeronFOX Posted: Aug 12, 2014
The Lakers new coach is still pretty confident in his shot. Kobe Bryant might ha...