French midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo plans to sue Paris Saint-Germain in a labour tribunal after being sacked by his club following a row with the manager.
Dhorasoo was dismissed on Wednesday for alleged insubordination and disobedience after querying the tactics of coach Guy Lacombe and calling him a liar in an interview with sports daily L'Equipe last month.
Responding to the club's move, Dhorasoo told Friday's L'Equipe: "I don't accept the charges. Money is not the issue, I'm suing them on principle. I want people to know that I didn't commit a serious offence."
Dhorasoo is the first player made redundant by a French club since a charter regulating professional soccer was introduced in France in 1973.
He was initially suspended by PSG's chairman Alain Cayzac after his spat with Lacombe, who had dropped him from the main squad and sent him to play for the club's amateur team for four weekends in a row.
"I've paid a high price for my freedom," Dhorasoo told the paper on Friday.
"To accept my dismissal would mean accepting the message they are sending to the players: 'shut up or you will be sacked.'"
Dhorasoo, 33, joined PSG from AC Milan in 2005. After starting his career at Le Havre, he joined Olympique Lyon in 1998, winning two French titles in 2003 and 2004.
A gifted but erratic midfielder, he has won 18 caps for France. He was a member of the France squad that reached the World Cup final in July but played fewer than 10 minutes during their campaign in Germany.
He said after the World Cup that he no longer wanted to play for France and has not been called up since.