Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed the club didn't allow him to spend time with his dying brother Ibrahim Toure before he travelled to Abu Dhabi on a post season trip.
Ibrahim Toure died in Manchester last week at the age of 28 after battling with cancer.
Speaking to France Football, Toure was quoted as saying: "City did not want to give me a few days.
"I went to celebrate in the wake of the league title in Abu Dhabi, while my brother was dying in his bed.
"In retrospect, I regret not having insisted. For not making them respect me.
"However, my employers knew that I was suffering for a few months seeing my brother's health decline."
City have declined to comment, although it is understood the club have always granted compassionate leave requests in the past.
More top news
One of four men accused of plotting to use a moped in a series of drive-by shootings in London has changed his plea at the Old Bailey.
The North Yorkshire town was divided since the historic bridge was damaged by floods at Christmas.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to regain control of the entire country but warned it could "take a long time".