Former Brazilian player Santos Da Costa Ivo Jorge has dragged Heartland FC of Owerri before FIFA over breach of contract.
The Samba boy, claims that Heartland unlawfully terminated his remaining one-year contract and has refused to pay him off.
It was reported that the Owerri side agreed on a two-year contract with Santos in 2018/2019. But after the season, many players, including the Brazilian, were laid off by five-time champions new management.
“Santos was affected. He has made several efforts to get justice which has not yielded any good result,” an official confirmed to Completesports.com on condition of anonymity.
“So, he headed for FIFA to lodge a complaint against the club”.
Recently, the League Management Company (LMC)/handed the club a two-year transfer ban as a result of that illegitimate massive sacking of players.
The affected players, who are still owed several month’s salaries and who still have valid contracts with the club, petitioned the LMC. The league body sent some memos to Heartland but never received a response, which prompted it to wield the big stick.
Imo State government’s new Chief of Staff (Administration), Dr. Patrick Ekeji – a former footballer, coach, and retired Director-General of the National Sports Commission, (NSC), is currently saddled with the task of cleaning up all the mess in Heartland FC and repositioning the club.