Marc Overmars quits Ajax after sending ‘inappropriate messages to female colleagues’

Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has left his role at the club following after sending ‘inappropriate messages to female colleagues’.

Sky Sports reports that the former Arsenal man has left the club after ten years of service after talks over recent days with the club’s board and chief executive Edwin van der Sar.

In a statement posted on the club’s website, Overmars said: “I am ashamed. Last week I was confronted with reports about my behavior 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. 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.”

Overmars had held the role of director of football affairs for nearly 10 years and had recently had his contract extended until the end of the 2025/26 season. He enjoyed a glittering playing career at Ajax, winning three league titles, the Dutch Cup, and the Champions League before joining Arsenal in 1997.

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