More than two weeks after Marc Overmars’ cross-border behavior emerged, Ajax reported the case to the Institute of Sports Law (ISR). When asked, Henk van Aller, director of the ISR, said the report was received “early this week”. The Public Prosecutor will now first investigate whether the State Security Service is the appropriate party to deal with the case.
Overmars resigned as director of football at Ajax earlier this month, after the club received reports from female staff about the former international player’s misconduct. He is said to have sent letters across the border to several of his female colleagues over a longer period of time. Dutch sports clubs have a duty to report cases of conduct in violation of the ISR. Ajax has now provided the necessary information.
“It starts with an exploratory investigation: What do we have in terms of risk?” “The public prosecutor checks whether the accused complied with the rules of criminal law. Then the public prosecutor checks whether the report relates to a violation of disciplinary law.”
Possible penalties in the disciplinary regulations range from reprimand to expulsion from a sports association.
The ISR manager does not know how long the first investigation will take. “If everything is delivered on a silver platter, like the data of the people involved in this report, it can be done very quickly. If there is a lot of research, it will take longer. A careful and objective approach is critical.”
Van Aller cannot say anything substantial about the Ajax report. Possible penalties in the disciplinary regulations range from reprimand to expulsion from a sports association.
Overmars was reappointed at an extraordinary shareholder meeting at the end of January to mid-2026. Ajax’s general manager Edwin van der Sar said last week that just before the reappointment, the board of directors and supervisors had received the first signals about cross-border behavior from the director of football affairs. , but first you have to investigate such things on a large scale, they are quite a lot. This is why you should first hear both sides of the debate,” says van der Sar.
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