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Sacked Indian U-17 Women’s Team Coach Alex Ambrose sends legal notice to AIFF

Sacked Indian U-17 Women's Team Coach Alex Ambrose sends legal notice to AIFF
Indian U-17 Women’s Team’s ex-assistant coach Alex Ambrose has accused AIFF of malaise | Image: AIFF Media

Indian U-17 Women’s Team’s ex-assistant coach Alex Ambrose has sent a legal notice to AIFF asking for withdrawal of his termination letter dated July 2, 2022 after the federation took action against him for “sexual misconduct.”

In the notice sent to AIFF by Alex Ambrose and his counsel, the former coach said he was “shocked and surprised to see the reckless action taken by the All India Football Federation” and called himself “a victim of malafide and ulterior motives and objects at the instance of and behest” of the AIFF.

Ambrose has alleged that he was forced to admit to the sexual misconduct under “fear, duress and coercion.” He called his sacking “illegal, unlawful and unjust.”

Ambrose was sacked by the AIFF after sexual misconduct involving one of the players of the U-17 women’s team. The Away End was the first to report about the same and subsequently on Ambrose’s departure from the team’s exposure tour of Italy and Norway.

Following the incident, coach Thomas Dennerby, the team manager and the physiotherapist had one-on-one sessions with each member of the team and prepared a report that was submitted to the federation. AIFF took the decision to terminate Ambrose’ contract after receiving the report from the team’s management.

Ambrose, in his letter, said the news of the incident has “brutally tarnished and destroyed” his image and reputation and he reserves the right to take legal recourse against the federation.

Ambrose was supposed to appear before the AIFF’s internal complaints committee on July 4 but did not do so. In the letter, he mentioned that he was intimated of the same on July 1 and requested for another date as “it wasn’t possible for him to travel at such a short notice.”

Ambrose also mentioned that he fears AIFF, with all its influence, will level “false and frivolous charges” against him.

He maintained that he was innocent and will defend himself against the charges levied on him, while asking for his services to be restored.

This report was compiled by Abreshmina Sayeed Quadri and Arka Bhattacharya

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