Marc Overmars has left his role as the director of football at Ajax following allegations of "inappropriate messages" to female ...
|Marc Overmars has left his role as the director of football at Ajax following allegations of "inappropriate messages" to female colleagues. (Photo credit: ESPN)|
Dutch football legend Marc Overmars has resigned as Ajax Amsterdam’s director of football after multiple complaints from female colleagues over inappropriate messages, the club confirmed on Sunday.
"Marc is probably the best football director that Ajax has had. We upgraded and extended his contract for a reason. But unfortunately, he has really gone over the line, so continuing as director was not an option, as he recognized himself” a club statement reads.
Ajax supervisory club chairman Leen Meijaard added: "A series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues over an extended period of time underlies his decision to leave the club,"
This is a dramatic situation for everyone who is involved in any way. It is devastating for the women who have had to deal with the behavior. When we heard news of this, we immediately acted, carefully deliberating and weighing what was the best thing to do -- all in consultation with CEO Edwin van der Sar and assisted by an external expert.
Former United goalkeeper and club CEO Edwin Van Dar Sar was in pains as he confirmed the decision to accept Overmars’ resignation as he’s obligated to protect everyone at the club irrespective of gender and he admitted that his former colleague’s gestures were a mile overboard.
"I am ashamed. Last week I was confronted with reports about my behavior. And how this has come across to others," Overmars said.
"Unfortunately, I didn't realize that I was crossing the line with this, but that was made clear to me in recent days. I suddenly felt enormous pressure. I apologize.
"Certainly for someone in my position, this behavior is unacceptable. I now see that too. But it is too late. I see no other option but to leave Ajax. This also has a major impact on my private situation. That is why I ask everyone to leave me and my family alone."