Dutch Player Sacked After Pulling A Sickie To Go And Watch Spurs Vs. Ajax
Jordie van der Laan has been sacked by Telstar after being caught on TV watching Ajax's Champions League game against Tottenham, while pulling a sickie.
The Dutch footballer told his club he was ill so he could visit London to watch Ajax's semi-final first leg clash with Spurs.
But his plan horribly backfired when cameras panned to the 25-year-old in the away end.
Van der Laan has now paid the ultimate price with Telstar terminating his contract on the spot.
He claimed that he was set to leave the club at the end of the season and insists there's no bad blood between him and the second-tier side.
The striker is now on the hunt for a new team and he's admitted the situation has been "very awkward".
"Of course I realise that it has been a very awkward situation," he told IJmuider Courant.
"I had a conversation with Piet [Buter, technical director] last Thursday about the situation and in good harmony it was decided to separate.
"I called in sick because I was convinced that I would not be freed from the training.
"With this decision I took into account that with Telstar we were no longer playing for anything and I, given the number of playing minutes I have had in the recent period, had only a small chance of figuring against Jong PSV.
"In any case, I definitely would not have gone to London."
Van der Laan added: "However, I still stated before the Champions League match that I was not sick and was in London.
"So it wasn't that people from the club were surprised to see me on TV. At that moment they were already informed.
"It is still odd that I was seen on the pictures three times with my big head!"
Van der Laan is hoping to attend the second leg in Amsterdam. Get the lad a ticket!