A verbal agreement would not stand up in a employment tribunal as it can be denied and not proven. A tribunal judge will just use hard evidence before them which would be his contract. An employee does have to take responsibility to for their behaviour and conduct and to abide by the conditions and terms in their contract regardless of their line managers permission. His employers are the club and Duffy wouldn't have had the authorisation to change the terms and conditions of his contract via a text. What it does mean is Duffy may take part responsibility but in my eyes Griffin still breached those terms (if what has been written is true). A shame really a great player who I would have loved to see in a fev shirt this season. People do make mistakes, but the club I'm sure would have carried out a thorough investigation and felt they were left with no option but to dismiss. I believe every employer has the responsibility to use the disciplinary procedure as a corrective measure first, but are sometimes left with no option but to dismiss. I don't suppose we will ever find out the details due to data protection and if he is taking legal advice he may be best to observe the same professionalism as the club. A player of his calibre will have another club this time next week. Maybe there are lessons to be learned all round. I don't think the club will have done this to free wages as some have stated, due to the fact if they didn't have grounds and acted unfairly, this could result in losing a tribunal costing them a lot more in compensation and legal fees.
There you go folks your nights reading. By the way the above are my thoughts only.
Ps Oxy will be able to provide us with an update when Fax sign him.