Ajax icon Cruyff accused of racism

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The row between Amsterdam Ajax football club and Johan Cruyff hit a new low on Monday, with the footballing legend being accused of making racist and sexist remarks about two of his fellow supervisory board members.

Late on Sunday, Edgar Davids claimed Johan Cruyff told him, “you're only on the board because you're black." According to Dutch public broadcaster NOS, Cruijff said Marjan Olfers was “only on the board because she's a woman.”

On Sunday Cruyff said he was unwilling to continue working with Ajax’s current supervisory board members after they appointed Louis van Gaal as chairman of the management board without consulting him. Speaking to journalists outside the Amsterdam Arena stadium, Johan Cruyff said the move was “unacceptable" but it was up to the club as to what happened next.

After a meeting of the club's members’ council on Sunday, Ajax chair Uri Coronel said there was a “breach of trust between Johan Cruyff and the other members of the supervisory board.”

Meanwhile, Uri Coronel, Joop Krant and Cor van Eijden will stand down as members of the club's management as of today. Their departure was announced in March but the date will now be brought forward. An interim board will be nominated at the next members’ council meeting, currently scheduled for the end of the month.

The Cruyff-Ajax soap opera rumbles on but it has taken a very unpleasant turn. Expect another episode soon.


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