In what many are calling a landmark case, former Chelsea star Ivan Shirkov has lost his FA appeal against his sacking earlier this month.
Appeal Chairman, Lord Jenkins explained, "This was a complex case and we do feel for young Shirkov. However, it is well known that footballers need to give at least 120% if they are to succeed in the English Premier League. Unfortunately, Shirkov was recorded as saying he could only perform at 100%, which is well below par."
Chelsea team psychiatrist explained that Shirkov's comments had a negative influence in the dressing room and the Chairman had decided that only players who were fully committed to the club could continue to play. "Shirkov has had intensive support at this club, but he has not moved on to where we want him to be - which is at least 10% above the FA agreed minimum. Therefore, the Chairman had no choice but to terminate his contract."
Mr Shirkov, was unavailable for comment, but his agent refused to confirm rumours that the young Russian star is now bound for a Championship club where 100% effort is deemed acceptable.