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Dutch second division club, Fortuna Sittard have indefinitely suspended manager, Sunday Oliseh for inadmissible actions, which have been stumbling blocks to the team spirit of the Dutch side. Fortuna Sittard made the announcement, on Wednesday after the Nigerian had an unapologetic fallout with players and team officials. Following this, the Dutch club also announced a move to institute legal action against Oliseh for publicly slandering the club and accusing them of illegal activities. Fortuna Sittard stated on their official website that the case will be presented to the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which will now make an assessment of whether there is sufficient ground to terminate the employment contract of Sunday Oliseh. “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 Dutch side wrote on their official website. They continued; “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. The many culpable behaviours 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.” They added.   Featured Image Credit:

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This article was first published on 16th February 2018


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