Palma Court declares Erik Larsen's dismissal from RCD Mallorca Football Clun unfair


  • The court has declared not proven the comments Michael Laudrup’s assistant coach at RCD Mallorca allegedly made in the Danish press, which led to his immediate dismissal from the club in September last year.
  • The court has also ordered RCD Mallorca to compensate the former assistant coach an amount equal to the salary he did not receive for the remainder of the season.
  • Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira defended the former assistant coach through its Palma de Mallorca office.

Labor Court No.1 of Palma has declared unfair the dismissal of RCD Mallorca’s former assistant coach Erik Larsen, which took place on September 26, 2011. The judge trying the case has ruled that the comments allegedly stated by the assistant coach in the Danish press are nonexistent, as “there was no evidence tending to prove the truthfulness of the comments in question or that the defendant had uttered them.” She added that “just because information is published in the press does not imply that such information is true.” In her judgment, she also clarifies that even if the comments had been uttered, “it would not be considered that (…) those comments were of a nature sufficiently serious to justify imposing the maximum sanction in labor law, i.e., disciplinary dismissal.”

Therefore, RCD Mallorca must pay Erik Larsen compensation of €113,069, the equivalent of the salary he did not receive for the remainder of the season following his dismissal. This compensation represents practically the total amount the coach’s defense had claimed for the unfair dismissal.

Counsel for the defense was the Palma de Mallorca office of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, with labor lawyer Javier Sola coordinating the case. “We are very satisfied with the outcome, which confirms Mr. Larsen’s professionalism and impeccable behavior while working for the club. The judgment is solid and well founded, which, we believe, will make a possible appeal by the club difficult,” said the lawyer.

The judgment, of which the parties were only notified yesterday, was issued on May 29, 2012, and is open to appeal to the Labor Division of the High Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands.