India hit by sexual misconduct scandal as U17 coach sent home from Norway tour

July 3 – In the latest scandal to rock Indian football, U-17 women’s football team assistant coach Alex Ambrose has been sacked for sexual misconduct. 

Dr. S. Y. Quraishi, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) overseeing the All India Football Federation (AIFF) following a Supreme Court ruling that sidelined longstanding president Praful Patel,  revealed the news on Twitter, adding ‘Further action under process’.

On the U-17 side’s exposure trip to Norway, Ambrose allegedly was caught in an inappropriate situation with a member of the side.  As a result, he was immediately recalled to India.  Ambrose has previously held coaching roles with Mumbai FC and Mumbai City FC.

“An event of misconduct has been reported in the U-17 women’s team, currently on an exposure tour to Europe. The AIFF follows a zero-tolerance policy on indiscipline. As an initial action, the Federation has provisionally suspended the individual pending further investigation,” read a previous statement from the CoA.

“The AIFF has asked the concerned individual to stop all contact with the team, return to India immediately, and be physically present for further investigations upon his arrival.”

In an interview with local media  AIFF executive committee member, Anjali Shah said that incidents of sexual harassment are only the tip of the iceberg.

In the second half of the year, India is due to stage the U-17 Women’s World Cup with the hosts having been drawn alongside the United States, Morocco and Brazil in Group A.

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