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Why did Marc Overmars leave Ajax and what has he said about his departure?


MARC OVERMARS has been banned from world football for TWO years.

The former Arsenal and Holland star was found to have sent “inappropriate messages to female colleagues” in 2022.

Ajax have announced the departure of Marc Overmars


Ajax have announced the departure of Marc OvermarsCredit: Getty

He left his job at Ajax with immediate affect and now can’t work in football for at least one year, with the second year suspended.

“Fifa can confirm that following a request by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), the Fifa Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed by KNVB on Mr Marc Overmars to have worldwide effect,” read a Fifa statement.


Why did Marc Overmars leave Ajax?

In 2022, an Ajax club statement read: “Director of Football Affairs Marc Overmars will leave Ajax with immediate effect.

“He made this decision after discussions in recent days with the Supervisory Board and CEO Edwin van der Sar and communicated his intentions to them.

“A series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues over an extended period of time underlies his decision to leave the club.”

Club CEO and Man Utd legend Edwin van der Sar added: “I find the situation appalling for everyone and I agree with Leen Meijaard’s words.

“In my role, I also feel responsible to help colleagues. A safe sport- and working climate is very important.

“We will pay even more attention to this in the near future.

“Marc and I have been playing together since the early 1990s, first at Ajax and then with the national team and we have been colleagues in the management of Ajax for almost ten years now.

“That has now come to a very abrupt end.

“We are working on something very wonderful here at Ajax, so this news will also be a blow to everyone who cares about Ajax.”

Man Utd legend Edwin van der Sar has announced that his working relationship with Overmars has come to a "very abrupt end"


Man Utd legend Edwin van der Sar has announced that his working relationship with Overmars has come to a “very abrupt end”Credit: PA

Supervisory Board chairman Leen Meijaard commented: “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 behaviour.

“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.

“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.

“It is extremely painful for everyone. I want to express the wish that everyone involved is given the peace and privacy to process this.”

What has Marc Overmars said about his departure?

Marc Overmars issued a brief statement saying he is “ashamed” of his actions.

He commented: “I am ashamed. Last week I was confronted with reports about my behaviour. And how this has come across to others.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that I was crossing the line with this, but that was made clear to me in recent days.

“I suddenly felt enormous pressure. 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. This also has a major impact on my private situation.

“That is why I ask everyone to leave me and my family alone.”

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