(Reuters) - Former Chelsea striker Loic Remy has said Las Palmas coach Paco Jemez treated him “like a piece of shit” in removing him from the struggling La Liga side’s squad for arriving one minute late to a team dinner.
The coach, however, contested Remy’s version of events and said the player had been left out because he did not follow club rules.
Remy is the leading scorer for the basement club this season with five league goals, but has not featured since Dec. 20 and has been excluded from every matchday squad since Jemez took charge on Dec. 27.
Remy, who was banished by Jemez alongside Moroccan forward Oussama Tannane, is currently in France and said he would not return to Las Palmas.
“The coach treated me like a piece of shit when all this happened,” Remy said in an interview with newspaper La Provincia published on Friday.
“I never expected to be in France now, I expected to be playing and scoring goals for my team and trying to get them out of this bad situation,” added Remy, who also played for Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers among other clubs and is a former France international.
Remy said the coach’s decision to exclude him from the squad was an unjustified punishment for a minor disciplinary issue.
“Tannane and I were in the hotel and we arrived late to the dinner, one minute late. We have no excuse because as professionals we need to be on time but it’s also no excuse for a coach to kick two players out like this,” he said.
“The coach spoke to the president and he came to speak to us but he (Jemez) didn’t have enough balls to stand up to me and tell me why he didn’t want me.”
Jemez, who has coached Rayo Vallecano and Granada in the Spanish top flight and joined Las Palmas from Mexican side Cruz Azul, said Remy was no longer part of his plans.
“He turned up late twice and didn’t even introduce himself. He didn’t comply with the rules we have here and I told him I didn’t want him around,” Jemez told a news conference on Friday ahead of Las Palmas’s game against Valencia.
“For me, the Remy case is finished, I don’t want to hear about him any more.”
Jemez is Las Palmas’s third coach this season after Manolo Marquez resigned in September and Pako Ayestaran was sacked in November.
Jemez has pledged to rid the team of disciplinary problems but he has lost his first two league games in charge, leaving his side bottom of the standings with 11 points, seven adrift of safety.
Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis