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Dutch club where City starlet Cantwell is on loan suspend head coach due to 'unacceptable actions'

PUBLISHED: 14:18 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 15 February 2018

Todd Cantwell made his City debut at Chelsea in January. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Todd Cantwell made his City debut at Chelsea in January. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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The Dutch club where Norwich City starlet Todd Cantwell is currently on loan has been thrown into chaos after deciding to suspend manager Sunday Oliseh.

Todd Cantwell is due to stay with Fortuna Sittard for the remainder of the season. Picture: Fortuna Sittard/Ivo DelahayeTodd Cantwell is due to stay with Fortuna Sittard for the remainder of the season. Picture: Fortuna Sittard/Ivo Delahaye

Cantwell joined Fortuna Sittard on loan towards the end of the January transfer window and has so far made one appearance as a substitute, with the Eerste Divise promotion chasers slipping to third place in recent weeks.

Former Nigeria captain Oliseh was suspended by Sittard on Wednesday for what the club deemed ‘unacceptable actions’ and said legal advice was being taken. However, the 43-year-old responded that he had been suspended due to his ‘refusal to participate in illegal activities’.

Posting on Twitter, Oliseh said: “I confirm: Due to my refusal to participate in Illegal activities at Fortuna Sittard and violate the law, I have been suspended from my duties as coach by the foreign owners of Fortuna. Unfortunate for the lovely fans, my players and our hard fought phenomenal positioning for promotion.”

In response, the club issued a lengthy statement on its website, saying: “Fortuna does not recognize itself at all in these accusations, which were not highlighted by Sunday Oliseh to the club.

“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.”

It leaves Canaries youngster Cantwell with a Dutch second tier club in a state of flux, with former head of youth Claudio Braga taking over as interim head coach until the end of the season. Fortuna host Telstar on Friday evening as they look to bring an end to a run of four consecutive defeats.

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