Benadryll Houli, the former Real Madrid player who is mentally ill, is suing the French Football Federation for €6.5 million.
The 34-year-old was banned for three years by the French national team for a mental disorder in November 2015.
Houli claims the punishment was not sufficiently severe and that he was treated at the time with extreme prejudice.
He claims the French federation’s failure to take action, and the fact that he had to take medication in the first place, created a “disparate impact” on his mental health.
Huli has been cleared of the most serious charge of mental disorder, but his legal team claim his sentence is “unfair” and should be reduced to four months.
He is seeking damages for “mental anguish, humiliation and humiliation” and also for “psychological distress” in relation to his mental illness.
The case was first reported by Football Italian.