Indian Football | U-17 women’s coach recalled from Tour over alleged misconduct with player

The team is currently touring Europe as part of preparations for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be played in India from 11-30 October.

The team is currently touring Europe as part of preparations for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be played in India from 11-30 October.

The assistant coach of India’s U17 women’s soccer team has been suspended and recalled from Norway over alleged misconduct towards an underage player during the team’s ongoing investigative trip to Norway.

It has been revealed that the Committee of Administrators (CoA), which manages the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has already informed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) of the alleged incident.

“A case of misconduct has been reported in the U-17 women’s team, which is currently on an exposure tour of Europe. The AIFF has a zero-tolerance policy regarding indiscipline. As a first measure, the association has temporarily suspended the individual pending further investigation,” the CoA said in a statement.

“The AIFF has asked the person concerned to cease all contact with the team, return to India immediately and be physically present upon arrival for further investigation,” the statement added.

The team is currently touring Europe as part of preparations for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be played in India from 11-30 October.

Inappropriate Action

While the CoA did not name the person involved, sources claimed that it was the team’s assistant coach, Alex Ambrose, who forced the underage player to perform an “inappropriate” act.

Ambrose, 39, represented India national football team in six matches and scored a goal against Singapore during their triumphant 2002 LG Cup season. He also played both home and away fixtures in the 2003 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against North Korea.

According to the source, head coach Thomas Dennerby himself witnessed the “incident” and it was he who immediately informed the AIFF.

Will be prosecuted

“After Dennerby sent a report from Europe, the CoA acted immediately and informed the SAI. The perpetrator was called back without loss of time. Ambrose will also face prosecution as the girl is a minor,” the source said.

Cases of sexual harassment continue to surface in Indian sport. Most recently, a cyclist had accused the national coach of inappropriate behavior during a training trip to Slovenia. The coach has been sacked and faces an in-depth investigation.

A sailor had also accused the accompanying trainer of having caused her discomfort during a foreign assignment.

Member associations call for lifetime bans for coaches

Meanwhile, affiliates condemned the incident and called on the COA and AIFF administration to launch an independent investigation, demanding a lifetime ban for Ambrose from the game.

“The national associations want to recommend strict measures, including a legal and exemplary punishment with a lifetime ban from playing football and even the revocation of his coaching license,” it said in a statement.

The national associations also decided to urge both the COA and AIFF administrations to urgently appoint a women’s safety officer, effective immediately, to instill confidence in the system among players and women working in football, particularly national teams and also at the AIFF House in New Delhi. it added.

The member associations also made a “sincere request” to the administration to replace all male coaches with female coaches as early as possible.

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