Ajax assistant coach also accused of transgressive behavior

A woman has accused Ajax assistant coach Winston Bogarde of sexually transgressive behavior towards her between August 2019 and September 2020, the NRC reports. Ajax asked an outside agency to investigate the ‘sexual harassment or other unwanted behavior’ of an Ajax employee and ultimately ruled it a ‘private matter’, according to the newspaper.

The case follows two weeks after the resignation of director of football affairs, Marc Overmars. He left the Amsterdam Football Club after it was revealed that he had sent pictures of cocks to female colleagues, among others.

The external agency which investigated Bogarde in late 2020 concluded that he had behaved “with little respect and over time in a verbally aggressive manner”. In doing so, he put himself and Ajax ‘in a vulnerable position’. According to the NRC, the investigation lasted almost six months and included hundreds of WhatsApp messages, videos and photos. The agency delivered its report to Ajax in May 2021.

Based on this report, Ajax concluded that the matter between Bogarde and the woman was a private matter. “It has also been established that no further action is necessary on the part of Ajax as employer,” the club said in a statement on Monday. “Ajax believe they have followed up carefully from the first report.” In the statement, Ajax speak of ‘allegedly transgressive behavior by an Ajax employee’, without mentioning Bogarde by name.

According to NRC, the woman who reported Bogarde does not work at Ajax but came into contact with him because of his position. She also reported Bogarde anonymously to Dutch football association KNVB, sports umbrella organization NOC*NSF and the Institute of Sports Law (ISR). After a preliminary investigation, the ISR dropped the complaint saying there was no connection between the report and the sport. The woman appealed to no avail.

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