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Marc Overmars gets worldwide football ban over his inappropriate behaviour towards women

Overmars quit his job at Ajax in February 2022, admitting to 'unacceptable' behaviour after it emerged within the club that he had sent inappropriate messages and photographs to several women who worked there

Reuters Amsterdam Published 11.01.24, 11:28 AM
Marc Overmars, in a picture posted on X

Marc Overmars, in a picture posted on X

Former Netherlands international Marc Overmars will not be allowed to hold any position in professional football for at least a year due to his inappropriate behaviour towards women at Ajax Amsterdam, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Wednesday.

The KNVB confirmed reports in Dutch newspaper NRC, which quoted Fifa as saying it had taken over the suspension handed to Overmars in the Netherlands late last year.

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Overmars quit his job at Ajax in February 2022, admitting to “unacceptable” behaviour after it emerged within the club that he had sent inappropriate messages and photographs to several women who worked there.

An independent sports tribunal last year banned Overmars from any position in Dutch football for two years. The KNVB then asked Fifa to turn the domestic suspension into a global one.

“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.

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