IVERSEN FUMING AT INDIANS PAY OFFER
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen is fuming to have been offered just 25 percent of what he is owed by Swedish side Indianerna, claiming “someone else is stuffing my money in their pockets.”
The Esbjerg-born man politely declined to reveal the amount he’s owed by the Kumla club, but admitted it was almost an entire season’s wages.
Iversen joins SGP rivals Freddie Lindgren and Antonio Lindback in battling Indianerna for their cash, with the club seeking to reconstruct their debts in a bid to stay in this season’s Elitserien.
"It feels like something has been going on at the club because they’ve had loads of fans coming into the meetings and no-one has been paid. It’s just really weird."
- Niels-Kristian Iversen
And Iversen is baffled how a team that reached last season’s play-offs with healthy crowds ended up in such a financial mess, with reported debts of around four million SEK (around £360,000).
He said: “It feels so dirty. It feels like something has been going on at the club because they’ve had loads of fans coming into the meetings and no-one has been paid. It’s just really weird.
“I don’t get where all the money is. No-one has been paid, so the money must be somewhere. It hasn’t gone into the club’s account or to the riders. There are a lot of questions that haven’t been answered and no-one seems to want to talk about it at the club. It’s just really frustrating.
“It’s a shame it has come to this. It’s a lot of money we’re owed and it’s a lot of money to lose out on if we don’t get paid. You can say it’s almost for a whole season. I scored a lot of points – I was one of the leading scorers in the averages last year.
“We made it all the way through to the play-offs and did 20 meetings in total. I scored 220-something points. To get only 25 percent pay sucks really. But what can you do?”
Iversen accused the club’s management of lying to riders in a bid to keep them on track as Indianerna’s finances went into meltdown.
He said: “They filled us with lies all season, saying everything was under control and they had the money to pay.
“We tried to do them a favour by riding – doing the right thing for the club and helping them keep the fans coming in for the meetings. If we hadn’t shown up, everything would have gone the wrong way.
“They kept promising and promising, but now we’re getting offered a small percentage of what we should have been paid.”
Despite Indians’ troubles, Iversen would like to see the club he represented from 2010 to 2016 come to the tapes, even if he has the right to push for them to be declared bankrupt.
He said: “We need to agree on this reconstruction before they can get on with it. Another option is for them to go bankrupt, which is also really bad. No-one wants to see them go bankrupt. It’s bad for the sport and it’s bad for the league. It’s also bad for the club.
“I want them to ride for the sake of the sport. I have raced seven seasons there, which have been really, really good.
“But the way they have treated us during the winter with this whole thing has been so disrespectful. I don’t have many good things to say about the people in charge. I could declare them bankrupt if I wanted to. It’s not a thing I really want to do.”
Iversen says the riders have enlisted a lawyer to help them in their battle with the club and hopes to increase their offer of 25 percent.
“We’ll have to see what comes out of it,” he said. “Hopefully we can make some kind of agreement where all parties will be happy, but I think 25 percent is a bit of a joke. They need to do something different.
“We have hired a lawyer to represent a handful of riders and we will see what they come out with when everything gets sorted.
“We’ll have to see. I guess 25 percent is better than nothing at all. But it’s tough to swallow it. I’m owed a big chunk of what is outstanding at the club, so it’s really frustrating.”
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