A former member of the Chelsea soccer team who was photographed on a balcony wearing a white shirt with the words “Jedi” and “Mafia” written across it has reportedly filed a complaint against the club.
According to TMZ, the alleged victim is John J. Dietz, a former Chelsea player who signed with the club in 2008.
According to the website, Dietz is reportedly furious with the team for not being more welcoming of immigrants.
Dietz reportedly told TMZ he was on the balcony wearing the shirt to protest the team’s treatment of immigrants in the United States.
The alleged victim also reportedly told the website that Dietz has been “inundated with abuse” on social media.
Degans claim in his lawsuit that the jersey is a way of protesting the treatment of immigrant players in the team.
The jersey, which has “Jedis,” “Mafias” and other graffiti written across the chest, is the fourth one to be confiscated by the club since 2015.DETROIT — Chelsea midfielder John J., a former player for the New York Red Bulls, filed a lawsuit against the New England Revolution and Major League Soccer on Monday alleging that the MLS team is treating immigrants unfairly.
According a copy of the lawsuit obtained by ESPN, Dietzel’s suit states that he was arrested for wearing the jersey in October and that he has been repeatedly harassed, harassed and threatened on social networking sites.
Deatz is seeking unspecified damages, which could be as much as $10,000, according to the lawsuit.
He also claims the team has retaliated against him for speaking out about his experience and that the team owes him $1,500 for medical expenses.
According the lawsuit, Dietzon, who was born in Jamaica and moved to New York with his family in 1999, told the team he wears the jersey because he believes the MLS teams treatment of its players is unfair.
Deths attorney, Richard S. Hickey, told ESPN that Dietzon was not aware of the alleged threats against him.
“Mr. Dietzon has never received any threat to his life, nor has he ever received any personal attacks on him or his family,” Hickey said.
“This is not an isolated incident, but a pattern of harassment by the New Revolution, the MLS and the MLS players association that has resulted in Mr. Dietzman losing his job, his home and his business.”