Goal chance by Leonid Fedun
Will the ex-general director of FC Spartak Shamil Gazizov be able to achieve an objective court decision in a dispute with Leonid Fedun.
As the correspondent of UtroNews reports, the conflict between the current general director of Ufa and the ex-manager of Spartak Shamil Gazizov and the owner of the club Leonid Fedun flares up with renewed vigor. It is known that the other day Gazizov sent a lawsuit for 101 million rubles to the court, he indicated the owner of the Spartak football club Fedun as the defendant.
Litigation between Gazizov and Fedun in 2021 has become, according to many analysts, an example of a very unsportsmanlike behavior of the participants in the story.
A year ago, in December 2020, Spartak officially terminated relations with Shamil Gazizov and fired him from the post of general director of the club. The manager managed to work in this position for only 153 days.
At the same time, Gazizov was not paid the full amount due as compensation for the early termination of the contract.
Against the backdrop of their conflict, the Capital Assets company, as one of the club’s shareholders, intervened in the matter. She filed a lawsuit against Spartak and is seeking to invalidate the decision of the board of directors, which allowed Fedun to independently decide how much compensation for dismissal should be paid to Gazizov.
Leonid Fedun and Shamil Gazizov before the conflict
So, on June 8, 2021, six months after being fired from Spartak Moscow and returning to FC Ufa, Shamil Gazizov sued Spartak because of a debt of 299.4 million rubles. He indicated that he was paid about 100 million rubles out of 399.2 million rubles, which were due as severance pay under an additional agreement to an employment contract. Writes about it “Sport-Express”.
Gazizov is also seeking the payment of interest on a severance pay in the amount of 5.47 million rubles and compensation for non-pecuniary damage, which he estimated at 10 thousand rubles, as well as interest accrued for the delay in payment from April 30, 2021 to the date the debt was actually paid. The total amount of the claim amounted to about 400 million rubles.
And then amazing events began with the participation of people in judicial robes.
On June 11, 2021, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Ufa decided to satisfy Gazizov’s claims in full – about 300 million rubles. The defendant filed an appeal.
Leonid Fedun also sent an appeal to the court regarding the essence of the aforementioned additional agreement and explained that he had signed it because “he was misled on two points of the employment contract.”
Two months later, in August, the Arbitration Court dismissed the claim of Capital Assets against Spartak and Gazizov. The company, as a shareholder, was against the amount of compensation and demanded to invalidate the decision to pay 300 million rubles to the former general director.
It was obviously too early to put an end to this high-profile process.
The conflict was also fueled from the outside. As often happens, a woman intervened in the men’s dispute – the wife of Leonid Fedun, the famous socialite Zarema Salikhova. According to Sport24, in response to Gazizov’s lawsuit against Spartak, Zarema called him a swindler, and also promised to talk about the former CEO in a separate post, which she announced as the drain of her correspondence with Gazizov.
Zarema Salikhova and Leonid Fedun
In response, according to Life, because of Salikhova’s offensive remarks against the former general director of the club, Shamil Gazizov, the Ufa football club was even going to sue Fedun’s wife.
In June, RIA Novosti also wrote about this, according to the chairman of the board of directors of the Ufa team, Rostislav Murzagulov. According to Murzagulov, “Salikhova cannot have a single confirmation that Gazizov (while working at Spartak) managed something in Ufa.
However, there was no information about further court cases between the Ufa football players and Fedun’s wife.
But in October 2021, a new stage began in the trials on the initial claim of Shamil Gazizov. The consideration of the case in the appellate instance radically changed the situation, and the court suddenly satisfied the complaint of Capital Assets, invalidating the decision of the Spartak board of directors regarding compensation to Gazizov. As a result, the agreement regarding the payment of severance pay to him in the amount of 400 million rubles was declared illegal in a court of law. The Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal of Moscow also canceled the decision of the Moscow Arbitration Court. The Mkset website writes about this.
Further more. In early December, the court finally denied Gazizov payments from Spartak under an additional agreement with Fedun. However, apparently, the Ufa manager does not intend to give up and is going to appeal the court’s decision.
In addition, on December 23, a regular court hearing was held on a new case. Gazizov, at a preliminary hearing, provided a hand-written receipt from Fedun, in which the owner of Spartak promised Gazizov 10% of the club’s shares when hiring. Also, Shamil Gazizov, commenting on the stuai, threatened to voice “the truth that would bring down the defendant’s business reputation.” Probably, we are talking about extremely sensitive information that he has.
In response, the reaction of the owner of Spartak quickly followed. According to Sport-Express, Fedun believes that “the document attached to the lawsuit is not a contract.”
Thus, the parties have not yet been able to reach a compromise. The next court hearing is scheduled for January 28, 2022.