Dutch second tier club Fortuna Sittard have denied that former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh was suspended due to his “refusal to participate in illegal activities”.
Oliseh was suspended on Wednesday for what the club dubbed “unacceptable actions”.
In response, Oliseh claimed the club wanted him to “violate the law”.
On Thursday a statement from Sittard said they would be taking legal advice and look to sacking Oliseh.
“Fortuna does not recognize itself at all in these accusations, which were not highlighted by Sunday Oliseh to the club,” the club wrote on its website.
“The case will be presented by Fortuna Sittard to the arbitration committee of the KNVB (the Dutch Football Association), an independent body, which will now make an assessment of whether there is sufficient grounds to terminate the employment contract of Sunday Oliseh.
The club also insisted that it did not rush into its decision to suspend Oliseh.
“Fortuna Sittard expressly did not take the decision to suspend Sunday Oliseh overnight,” the statement continued.
“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.”