Peter Odemwingie planning to leave Madura United after fall-out with Indonesian club's president
Former Albion striker Peter Odemwingie is planning to leave Madura United after claiming the Indonesian club’s president made up quotes from him accusing the league of corruption.
Odemwingie publicly asked Achsanul Qosasi on Twitter not to misquote him in the press with ‘things he never said’ before releasing a long statement about his fall-out with the president.
Madura finished fifth in the Indonesian Liga 1, eight points off the top spot before Qosasi released a statement supposedly from the 36-year-old striker.
Odemwingie responded: “I have been quoted in the press by officials of Madura United making negative comments about Liga1 and PSSE (the Indonesian Football Association).
"The club shouldn’t use my name to complain about the league operators because we didn’t become champions.
“We came close so it’s hard to handle the emotions, so to an extent it’s understandable. Yes, few poor decisions from referees (like it happens everywhere in the world).
“We can only complain and speculate about corruption until proven.”
Odemwingie signed for Madura in April as their ‘marquee player’ for the season and scored 13 goals in 18 league games. But he’s now trying to leave after president Qosasi revealed details of his contract.
“I can confirm that me and the club are looking to agree a contract termination,” he said. “It is not correct of the President to give out details of my contract so I will also give one detail so it’s fair.
“They want a clause that I can’t sign for any other team in Indonesia.
“We let the dust settle down and hopefully find a sensible win-win. I hope I will not need need to use this medium to clarify again.”
Odemwingie is Albion’s record scorer in the Premier League with 30 goals.
He has played for Cardiff, Stoke, Bristol City and Rotherham United since leaving the Baggies in 2013.