Honest Edman returns transfer cash from 'misguided' Spurs claim
11 March 2009 07:03
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Former Heerenveen defender Erik Edman has returned money awarded tohim as part of his move to Tottenham in 2004 after admitting he made amistake.
The 30-year-old Swede, who currently plays forWigan, believed he was entitled to a portion of his transfer fee andwas granted the money by a court after the Eredivisie club contestedthe claim.
However, he discovered two months ago the club had been right and has now given back the money.
Edman, who played for Heerenveen for three years, told the club website, www.sc-heerenveen.nl: "I was wrong. I was misguided.
"At that time I didn't know what kind of games are played in the football world. I have made a big mistake and I want to make up for that as much as possible."
Edman, however, admitted he has not been able to pay back the full amount.
He continued: "I regret it that things went as they did in the past. Heerenveen have been very important in my career.
"I can't make up for my mistake entirely, because part of that money went to my agent. But my part has been deposited by me to Heerenveen."
Heerenveen director Yme Kuiper is pleased the issue has been resolved and praised Edman for his honesty.
"We always knew that we were right and we have proved that now," he said. "The fact Edman himself contacted us is special and typifies the person he is.
"Not everyone would handle it like this. It is nice that this case is out of the way. Edman is very welcome at Heerenveen again."
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