Angers manager resigns over sexist comments


Angers, bottom of Ligue 1, today announced the resignation of their coach Abdel Bouhazama after controversy was sparked by a sexist comment he made in support of a player in his squad who was accused of touching a woman.

Faced with media pressure and to preserve the image of the club and the tranquility of the dressing room, Abdel Bouhazama announced to the president Said Chabane that he has decided to leave his duties,” Angers announced in a statement.

Bouhazama’s continuity, which has been called into question by the disastrous results, took a turn for the worse on Sunday when his words appeared in the talk before Sunday’s game against Montpellier, which they won 5-0.

sexist words

The 54-year-old French coach is trying to support his defense Ilyes Chetti after the local press spread that he had touched a girl in a nightclub and that he will be tried in April for this behavior.

“It’s not bad, we’ve all touched girls,” Bouhazama told Chetti in their pre-match chat, according to multiple sources cited by Ouest France and L’Équipe newspapers.

“The haters unequivocally condemn the words spoken during the conversation, even if they seem more clumsy than the intention to trivialize a sexist comment. In addition, the club does not accept any kind of discrimination and condemns sexism and misogyny,” the club said in a statement. his press release, stating that Bouhazama apologized “to his colleagues, especially women”.

The president of the club, accused of sexual assaults

This sexist episode occurs after the president of Angers himself, Said Chabane, has been accused since 2020 of sexual assault following complaints from six women, who were his employees at the time of the events.

Bouhazama’s position has been weakened by poor results for Angers, who have not won a game since September when Gérald Baticle was manager.

He will leave without achieving a single win

Bouhazama took over as coach in November, during the break caused by the World Cup in Qatar, and in the eleven games he was in charge, Angers racked up nine defeats and two draws.

Since the start of the season, Angers have taken 10 points from 26 Ligue 1 games played and are 12 points behind Strasbourg, which is a sign of permanence.

Source: La Verdad


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