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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cruyff Sues Barcelona

BARCELONA () -- Barcelona and its former coach Johan Cruyff began what could become a lengthy legal battle Monday when a Spanish court will decide whether the Dutchman's dismissal was reasonable.

Cruyff's lawyers are claiming around 100 million pesetas ($800,000) from the club.

Cruyff -- who won four successive Spanish league titles and the European Cup in his eight-year stint at Barcelona -- has also asked his lawyers to take action over remarks made by club president Josep Lluis Nunez.

Nunez accused Cruyff of "selling himself" to groups looking to take control of the club in a highly-charged news conference the day after the dismissal.