Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo said he wasn’t focused on the “peripheral issues”, and sure enough, he scored his fifth goal in eight games (and fourth in his last five) as Roda JC notched only their second win of the season Friday night, away to Telstar in the Dutch second division.
Unfortunately for them, the win was practically for nought, as before the game, the Dutch football federation confirmed a 3-point deduction for financial irregularities stemming from the shenanigans of their new majority owner/investor that resulted in the players only getting paid because Roda funneled the money Chelsea sent to hem to pay Ugbo to the rest of the squad instead.
On the plus side, Ugbo reportedly actually got paid this week, and apparently will get to see out his loan contract.
But the drama is far from over after a turbulent week that saw the fans evict said owner from the stadium last weekend before the entire club staff reported in “sick” as a form of protest as well. The “investor”, Garcia de la Vega, yet remains and wants to be paid off to the tune of €250k before leaving the poor Limburgian side alone.
Reports say that local investors, as well as the Dutch federation are ready to step in and help them survive this reprehensible episode, which hopefully will be resolved soon.