Werder Bremen midfielder Daniel Jensen, who criticised the club for exclusion from the squad last week, has been released.
The 31-year-old Denmark international, who joined Bremen in 2004, was angry after being omitted for the win against Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.
Three points against Dortmund secured Bremen's Bundesliga status and Jensen was not happy to have been left out of such an important match.
He said: "After seven years at the club I had expected more respect."
Werder sports director Klaus Allofs said in a statement: "There was a discussion between him and coach Thomas Schaaf and he has been released with immediate effect. He does not play any role in our planning any more."
Meanwhile, Allofs revealed last week that the signing of Bayern Munich's Turkey playmaker Mehmet Ekici, who was on loan at Nurnberg this season, could soon move to Bremen.
Allofs told Bild on Thursday. "I assume that by the middle of next week everything will be settled."