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Ajax Amsterdam suspend CEO amid share trading suspicions

Ajax Amsterdam has suspended new CEO Alex Kroes with immediate effect on suspicion that he has been involved in insider trading in the club’s shares.

The club’s supervisory board said this in a statement on Tuesday.

The board said it had learned Kroes had bought more than 17,000 Ajax shares a week before his intended appointment was announced on Aug. 2, 2023.

“External legal advice indicates that he likely engaged in insider trading,” the board said in the statement.

Kroes could not immediately be reached for comment.

He told Dutch news agency ANP he would seek a judgment by Dutch financial watchdog AFM, which oversees share trading, on his acquisitions.

Kroes’ suspension is another twist in an already dramatic season for the Dutch record champion, in which they fired their technical director and head coach only a few months after appointing them and briefly found themselves at the bottom of the Eredivisie table for the first time.

Ajax is currently in fifth place, 28 points behind league leaders PSV Eindhoven, in spite of spending over 100 million euros ($107 million) on new players in the close season.

Kroes, 49, a former director at Eredivisie clubs Go Ahead Eagles and AZ Alkmaar, started his job as CEO and chairman of the board at Ajax on March 15. (Reuters/NAN)

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