Dutch Second Division club, Fortuna Sittard have cleared the allegation of engaging in illegal activities leveled against it by their former coach Sunday Oliseh, after putting the Nigerian on a non-active role last month, AOIFootball.com reports.
The club had suspended Oliseh for off the field issues but the former Eagles’ star in his defence, accused the Dutch side of trying to indulge him in illegal activities, thus dragging the issues to arbitration to seek redress.
“Yesterday, the office of the KNVB in Zeist looked into the arbitration case between Fortuna Sittard and Sunday Oliseh,” the club stated on their official website on Wednesday.
“The case was filed by the non-active Oliseh to force a return as the trainer at the club. The board of Fortuna Sittard, through chairman Isitan Gün, says they are satisfied with the course of the case so far.
“The matter is that Mr. Oliseh wants to return to his position as trainer. It looks as if a return is no longer possible, as the Arbitration Board pointed out last night. That makes us cautiously positive.
“We were able to refute, with convincing evidence, the allegations that Oliseh and his counselor put on the table and they have not come up with any evidence that could reinforce their case with documents. It has just been words. We have always been transparent to the KNVB and we are also subjected to audits by an independent party. If we had been engaged in illegal activities, this would have already emerged. That is not the case.
”The allegations, especially those on illegal practices, are all meant to be a smokescreen, to derive from the core of this arbitration case: the return desired by Mr. Oliseh and the inadmissible action in his position as head coach that stands in the way. That seems over. We, therefore, have every confidence that we will be able to bring the case to a favorable conclusion by our evidence.”
This situation now means the former Eagles’ handler will have to move on from Sittard as the club have clearly shown there is no way back for the Nigerian.