India women’s U-17 football team assistant coach sacked for ‘sexual misconduct’

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Alex Ambrose, assistant coach of India’s U-17 women’s football team, was sacked on Sunday after allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The decision was announced on Sunday by Dr SY Quraishi on social media. He is a member of the Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Trustees (CoA), which was appointed to lead the Football Federation of India (AIFF) in the Supreme Court’s May 18 ruling and the Main Executive Committee of Praful Patel was dismissed for continuing in office after their terms expired in December 2020.

“Alex Ambrose, assistant head coach of the women’s under-17 team has been fired for sexual misconduct. Further action is pending,” Quraishi tweeted.

The Indian Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday suspended an ‘individual’ after the U17 women’s team accused him of misconduct.

Initially, the Federation had provisionally suspended the individual pending further investigation. The AIFF had asked the individual concerned to cease all contact with the team, to return to India immediately and to be physically present for further investigations upon his arrival.

The AIFF said in a statement: “A case of misconduct has been reported in the U17 women’s team currently on an exhibition tour of Europe. The AIFF follows a zero tolerance policy for indiscipline.”

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The team participated in the 6th Torneo Women’s Football Tournament in Italy from June 22–26, where they lost to Italy and Chile.

India Women’s U-17 team suffered a 0-7 loss to Italy at Grandisco D’lsonzo in the Women’s Football Tournament. Later in the match against Chile, the Indian women lost by 1-3.

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