Henk Fraser left FC Utrecht immediately. The coach handed over his contract with the club after he showed contrary behavior in training in the Netherlands last Saturday.
According to Algemeen Dagblad, Fraser, 56, grabbed the attacker, Amin Yunus, by the throat. A few days later during the training camp in Spain, according to the newspaper, passions flared up again, after which Fraser and FC Utrecht came to an end after consultation.
“This has never happened to me as a manager,” Fraser said in a statement about the club. “It does not suit me and it does not suit the club. I have hurt the club with this and it hurt many people, including myself.” FC Utrecht website.
“It is for this reason that I have decided to step down as coach of FC Utrecht. I do not identify myself in my actions and I want to apologize to everyone involved.”
Managing Director Thijs van Es agrees Fraser has gone too far. “In this case, Henk exhibited behavior beyond the bounds of what was permitted, which we immediately agreed upon, which led him to make this decision.”
A good series after a modest start
FC Utrecht are number seven in the Eredivisie and, after a rocky start to the competition, have found their way forward with five straight wins before the start of the winter break.
Despite the good results, criticism of Utrecht’s conservative style of play continued, especially from the group of players.
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