Souleymane Coulibaly says the team held his passport hostage.
Al Ahly team has terminated the contract of Ivory Coast forward Souleymane Coulibaly after he walked out on his contract and returned to London. Coulibaly, who has played for Tottenham in the UK, joined Al Ahly in January this year, before he decided to leave the team and returned to London despite his contract running until 2020.
Following his sudden return to London, Coulibaly issued a statement on Twitter accusing the team of being unwelcoming, hindering his ability to play, and treating him "like a slave." He also claimed that the club made him and his family uncomfortable to practice their Christian religion, and held his passport hostage, pushing him to flee the country as soon as he had it back.
For their part, the club has denied the allegations, with chairman Mahmoud Taher asserting that these incidents never happened.
Here is Coulibaly's full statement:
To all my fans I'm very sorry. pic.twitter.com/RlBW0NZSox— Souleymane Coulibaly (@SCoulibaly19) June 4, 2017