Former Indian U-17 women's football coach POCSO case filed; investigation ongoing
Alex Ambrose, the former assistant coach of the India U-17 women's football team who has been accused of suspected sexual misconduct with one of the squad members, has been the subject of a POCSO [child abuse] case filed by the Dwarka police in Delhi.
This was confirmed to ESPN by Harsha Vardhan Mandava, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Dwarka, who also stated that the case is under investigation.
Due to the involvement of a youngster and the potential for legal repercussions for numerous parties involved, the case falls under the purview of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
The alleged assault allegedly occurred in June while the U-17 team was visiting Norway for exposure. The All India Football Federation later fired Ambrose after having him sent back to India (AIFF).
With the exception of statements made when the news first surfaced, the AIFF has not commented on the matter. The Committee of Administrators, which oversaw the AIFF at the time, issued the following statement: "The U-17 women's squad, which is now in Europe on an exposure tour, has reportedly engaged in inappropriate behavior. The AIFF has a zero-tolerance approach to disrespect. The Federation has first placed the person on temporary suspension awaiting additional inquiry."
The CoA's president, Dr. SY Quraishi, also declared that Ambrose was the subject of active legal action.
Ambrose has reportedly filed the AIFF a legal letter for "tarnishing his character" and disputed the allegations of sexual misbehavior, according to a PTI report.
His attorney sent out a notification describing the AIFF's conduct as "arbitrary and unconstitutional." It read: "By placing my client under compulsion, duress, and terror, he was compelled to admit to something he has never done. My client was not permitted to respond with any justification, nor was he notified of the accusations that were made against him."
The 2018 World Cup in India, which runs from October 11 to 30, will include the U-17 women's squad.
In the group stage, Thomas Dennerby's team will compete against the USA, Morocco, and Brazil.