Sunday Oliseh has revealed the biggest outcome of the KNVB ruling on his suspension by Fortuna Sittard was getting his name cleared and ordering the club to pay a compensation as well as retain his services as an employee until the end of his contract in May.
In a telephone interview on Brila FM’s Sports Machine, Oliseh described the verdict as a relief and also aimed a dig at those who accused him of culpability in the case “without the facts of the matter”.
The former Nigeria head Coach was suspended by the club on trumped up claims, but Oliseh revealed trouble started brewing when he had turned down “Black Money Payment” (undeclared, taxable financial reward) by the club owners.
Oliseh said the verdict vindicated him and maintains it was the reward for being upright and dedicated.
‘Contrary to what was said about the situation, I was not sacked, the club simply suspended me and my assistant.
‘This was a team I took them from the brink of relegation to almost winning the league.
‘As an African you have to be very careful when you are in such position because You know you are a minority.
‘On the job, I gave my best; me and my team, because we had our names and honor to uphold, but there are things that will tarnish your image forever and black money payment is one of such.
‘If I was guilty I wouldn’t get the kind of recognition I’m getting from top football bodies like FIFA. And to show the severity of tax evasion you just need to look at the legal system in Belgium.
‘In Belgium you’ll get a 3-year sentence for murder, but for evasion of tax you will get fined and be sentenced to 7 years or more,’ He explained.
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