Player axed after controversial pregnancy

African Football

A Nigerian footballer has reportedly seen his contract with a European club terminated after impregnating the daughter of the club's president just six months after joining.

The player, whose identity has been withheld amid the media storm that erupted in Slovenia, revealed on condition of anonymity that he was sacked for gross misconduct by a second-division side.

"I signed a three year deal with the option of another year but last month I ran into trouble when my girlfriend who happens to be the daughter of the president said she was pregnant for me," he said, as per CitiSport.

"The club got to know about it and summoned me for a meeting. I got there and admitted that I am responsible for the pregnancy and I was told to stay at home and not to be seen around the club premises until I am instructed to return."

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He added that it wasn't long after before he was instructed to leave the club as his contract had been cancelled due to his involvement with the president's daughter.

"A week later I was called to the office and told that my agent has been informed about their plans to terminate my contract for gross misconduct and indiscipline.

"The news came to me as a surprise because I have not been found wanting in any area since I arrived at the club six months ago."

According to Nigerian outlet Brilla, the player, who has since returned to his homeland within the ordeal, is considering taking legal action with FIFA on grounds of unfair dismissal.

"My agent called me up and said we should file a case with FIFA that he has a recording of the president saying my contract was terminated for having an affair with his daughter. She's an adult for God sake, we both love each other and decided to have a child.

"Now I don't know what will happen to her and the child since I'm back in Nigeria. They have forced her to block me on all social media platforms so we have not been communicating.

"The few friends I made at the club are also scared of speaking to me about her apparently they don't want to run into trouble with the team. I'm confused right now."

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