- Dutch Eerste Divisie side, Fortuna Sittard, have responded to the allegations leveled against them by their suspended manager Sunday Oliseh
- The Dutch second division side issued a statement that was posted on their official website in that regards
- Sunday Oliseh had previously accused the club on wanting him to engage in illegal acts
Dutch Eerste Divisie side Fortuna Sittard have responded to the allegations leveled against them by their suspended manager Sunday Oliseh.
The Dutch second division side issued a statement that was posted on their official website to address the claims that they were trying to manipulate the former Super Eagles coach into doing certain 'illegal activities.'
The full statements reads:
Fortuna Sittard has taken note of the unsubstantiated allegations made yesterday in various media by Sunday Oliseh after being on non-active earlier that day. Although Fortuna Sittard does not wish to go along with accusations in the press, Fortuna wants to fight the accusations made. In this context, the club will also take the necessary legal follow-up steps.
Fortuna does not recognize itself at all in these accusations, which were not previously ventilated by Sunday Oliseh internally. Something that can be expected in view of the seriousness of the accusations regarding alleged illegal practices. Fortuna Sittard chooses to respond once by means of this statement, because many media have turned to her immediately after the accusations made to the club's address.
The case will be presented by Fortuna Sittard to the arbitration committee of the KNVB - an independent body - which will now make an assessment of whether there is sufficient ground to terminate the employment contract of Sunday Oliseh. Fortuna Sittard is of the opinion that this is the case and will substantiate this in a substantiated way towards the committee. If Sunday Oliseh actually believes that there are illegal practices, then it can be expected that this can be substantiated with evidence in the coming proceedings at the KNVB arbitration committee.
Fortuna Sittard expressly did not go overnight in the decision to put Sunday Oliseh on hold. The innumerable culpable acts as well as the disrupted employment relationship on the part of Sunday Oliseh have unfortunately led Fortuna to make him non-active. Fortuna Sittard has been legally advised by the Federation of Paid Football Organizations (FBO) during the entire process.
Disturbed work relationship due to culpable actions
The many culpable behaviors and escalations ultimately led to a disrupted employment relationship. The non-active setting of the trainer is emphatically not motivated by the four successive losses, although it is good to say that the disrupted employment relationship between Sunday Oliseh, the group of players and other employees of Fortuna Sittard has had a negative influence.
Fortuna Sittard has received numerous written statements from individuals who have pointed to various culpable acts that will also be introduced during the procedure. Many of them explicitly indicated that they no longer wanted to cooperate with Sunday Oliseh. Fortuna Sittard has therefore consciously opted to preserve the peace and to resolve the escalations as much as possible internally, also with the help of external help.
A one-off response
Fortuna Sittard will no longer discuss any new unfounded accusations by Sunday Oliseh at the club's address. Fortuna will, as stated above, take the appropriate legal countermeasures. If there are any questions from the side of the KNVB in this respect, Fortuna Sittard is fully open to internal investigation to show that the accusations are completely unfounded. In order not to let things escalate any further, Fortuna Sittard will further clarify further positions, as stated, during the coming KNVB arbitration procedure. Fortuna Sittard has every confidence in a good outcome of the case.
NAIJ.com previously reported that embattled Fortuna Sittard coach, Sunday Oliseh, has revealed that he was suspended at the Dutch second division side because he refused to engage in illegal activities in the club and thus break the law.
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