With the words “No one is bigger than the club”, SK Rapid Wien parted ways with its former top defender and part-time captain Filip Stojkovic without notice. After the Montenegrin-Serbian kicker turned down a contract extension – according to Rapid very attractive – and reported not being able to play for the matches last Thursday and next Sunday due to an injury, Stojkovic will never play for Hütteldorfer again.
The reason for the “time limit” are current videos that are circulating on the Internet: they show the right-back on Thursday – the same day he should have been on the lawn for Rapid if he had not been reported “injured”. Cup victory of his ex-club Red Star Belgrade celebrated.
“The Rapid family rightly expects full commitment and identification from every player. Personally, I am also very disappointed that this no longer seems to be a matter of course for everyone. It’s doubly reprehensible when a player who has captained our team several times celebrates a party even though he can no longer play for his employer,” said Rapid President Martin Bruckner. The two managing directors Zoran Barisic and Christoph Peschek announced that there would be severe consequences for any troublemakers in the future. “No one is bigger than the club,” they insisted. Stojkovic’s contract would have run until June 30th.