Eric Cantona sues New York Cosmos over alleged monies owed

NEW YORK -- Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona has sued the New York Cosmos, saying the club never delivered on promises to pay him and provide a share of equity in the club.

Ex-France international Cantona made the claims in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

He asked for nearly $1 million (£714,000) in salary that he says he is owed, along with a four percent equity interest.

A Cosmos spokesman said they had not reviewed the complaint and would not comment.

The Frenchman was hired in 2011 by the Cosmos as director of soccer. The lawsuit said the Cosmos fired Cantona after he was involved in a confrontation initiated by a paparazzi photographer in London. Cantona said the firing was unjustified.

Cantona won four Premier League titles with Manchester United in the 1990s