Amsterdam (AFP) 02/09/2022 00:23
Dutchman Overmars leaves Ajax due to “inappropriate messages”
Dutch champions Ajax have announced that their former star Marc Over Mars has resigned as the club’s sporting director after sending a “chain of inappropriate messages” to some of his female colleagues.
Over Mars, 48, who was crowned with Ajax in the Champions League in 1995, expressed his “shyness”, apologized and admitted that he “crossed the limits”, according to a club statement that touched on messages he sent to “several women” over a period of time.
In the press release, club chairman Lyn Mayard expressed his “regret for the tragic, devastating situation of the women who had to manage this behaviour.”
Directeur voetbalzaken Marc Overmars vertrekt per direct bij Ajax. Dit heeft hij na gesprekken in de afgelopen dagen met de Raad van Commissarissen (RvC) en algemeen directeur Edwin van der Sar besloten en aan hen meegedeeld.
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He stressed that Overmars was “probably the best football manager Ajax has ever collaborated with”, but “continuing was not an option.”
Over Mars won the Champions League with Ajax
Over Mars has been the sporting director since 2012 and has assumed some responsibility for the recent successes of Ajax Amsterdam, especially his remarkable brilliance in the prestigious continental competition in 2019 (reaching the semi-finals) or reaching the final of the European League “Europe League” in 2017.
Over March recently extended his contract until 2026, at a time when Ajax is experiencing another almost perfect season, as it leads the league by 5 points against its rivals Eindhoven and reached the price of the Champions League final, where it will meet Benfica of Portugal.
Over Mars drew attention as a great winger in the nineties when he was a player, and won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, in addition to three titles in the Eredivisie. He moved to England to defend the colors of Arsenal, and won the Premier League title with him in 1998, before moving to Barcelona in 2000.
He participated with his country in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup Finals and finished fourth. He scored 17 goals in 86 matches with the “orange” team.