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Marc Overmars, the director of football affairs at Ajax has quit after sending a number of inappropriate messages to female colleagues. He revealed that he took his decision after talks with chief executive Edwin van der Sar. Overmars was in the role for the past decade and recently extended his contract with Ajax until the 2025/26 season.

“I am ashamed. Last week I was confronted with reports about my behavior and how this has come across to others,” Ajax director of footballing affairs Marc 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.”

“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,” Ajax’s chairman of the board Leen Meijaard said. “When we heard the 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.”

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