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Indian U-17 Women's Football Team Assistant Coach Suspended Following Allegation of 'Misconduct'

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Sources were Quoted by PTI confirming the incident of misconduct by assistant coach Alex Ambrose towards a member of the Indian Under-17 Women's football team and that head coach Thomas Dennerby himself was a witness to the "incident".
Alex Ambrose misconduct allegation Indian women's U17 football team

(Representative image) The Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is managing the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), apprised the Sports Authority of India (SAI) about the incident.

An Indian Under-17 women's football team assistant coach was suspended and called back from Norway for alleged "misconduct" with a minor player during the training and exposure tour to Europe. 

The team is touring Europe as part of preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India is hosting from October 11-30. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is managing the affairs of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), apprised the Sports Authority of India (SAI) about the incident. The CoA did not name the person involved but sources claimed that it was assistant coach Alex Ambrose, who forced the minor player to indulge in an "inappropriate" act.

"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," a statement from the CoA read.

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

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According to the source, head coach Thomas Dennerby was a witness to the "incident" and it was he, who immediately reported it to the AIFF.

"After Dennerby sent a report from Europe, the CoA acted immediately and informed the SAI. He was called back without wasting any time. Ambrose is also set to face criminal charges since the girl is a minor," the source added.

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