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Ajax director Overmars quits over inappropriate messages to female colleagues

Ajax Amsterdam director of football affairs Marc Overmars has quit his role with immediate effect.

This comes after a series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues.

Overmars said in a statement that he was ashamed and his behaviour had been unacceptable.

“Last week I was confronted with reports about my behaviour. And how this has come across to others. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that I was crossing the line with this, but that was made clear to me in recent days,” Overmars said.

“I apologise. Certainly for someone in my position, this behaviour is unacceptable. I now see that too. But it is too late. I see no other option but to leave Ajax.”

The former Netherlands, Arsenal and Barcelona winger Overmars played for Ajax from 1992 to 1997 and became the director in 2012.

He was recently re-appointed for a new term until mid-2026.

Overmars’ decision comes amidst a public debate in the Netherlands about the treatment of women in the workplace.

Weeks of allegations of harassment and abuse of power on the set of the hit talent show “The Voice” prompted an outpouring of disgust. 

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar said the situation was appalling.

“A safe sport and working climate is very important. We will pay even more attention to this in the near future,” he said.

Ajax are top of Eredivisie on 51 points after 21 matches.

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