After garnering only 63 minutes in the second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), Mumbai City FC have let go of their star player on Wednesday.
The Brazilian midfielder was amongst the two foreign players retained by the club apart from marquee player-manager Nicolas Anelka.
Moritz didn’t have the best of starts against the Deccan side and has substituted for Selim Benachour in the 63rd minute.
It is reliably learnt by Goal that the former Bolton midfielder wasn’t too happy with Anelka’s decision and after a brief altercation, the two parties were not on talking terms.
As a consequence Anelka chose to travel to Kochi with only 17 players in his squad as Moritz was left out of the team.
It remains unlikely that the Mumbai club will be allowed to sign a replacement as ISL rules deem it mandatory for the player to be out for the rest of the season due to an injury, which isn’t the case with Moritz.
“We would hereby like to announce that due to some personal emergency which requires him to go back home immediately, Andre Moritz will not be with us to play for the rest of the Hero ISL 2015. Upon his request, we are relieving him from team duties for the rest of the season. The team wishes him the very best,” read the official statement from Mumbai City FC CEO, Indranil Das Blah.