Innocent until proven guilty
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has spoken out in defence of Quincy Promes, after the Dutch forward was arrested on suspicion of a stabbing. The former Sevilla winger was recently accused of the serious act, which occurred back in July of this year. Having played in Ajax’s weekend fixture, the Dutch international was then arrested by authorities, before being released days later.
With Promes still to be charged for a crime which, if found guilty, could see him face as long as four years in prison, Ajax coach ten Hag intends to continue to make use of the talents of his attacking star:
“For us he is innocent, as long as the contrary is proven,” the coach said. “It affects us, it affects me, it affects the whole dressing room. I’ve talked to Quincy, he’s fine now, although it does something to a person. “
“He says he is innocent. We support him by being there for him, that’s the whole dressing room in it. We are going to help him, but he must also do something himself, he must also cross the line himself. You are always a football player, even when you are outside the Ajax gates “
Promes was not in Ajax’s squad for Wednesday’s cup match against Utrecht, but could be in line for a return at the weekend.
The Amsterdam giants recently dropped into the Europa League, following a Champions League defeat to Atalanta. Ten Hag spoke afterwards of his disappointment at dropping out of Europe’s premiere club competition, but stressed how important it is for Ajax’s stars not to let their heads drop.
“We will continue in the Europa League. Ajax knows very well where that can lead, but we also know what happened last year. You will have to go through the next round first,” he explained.
“We learned that lesson last year. It leads to negativity, injuries, little energy. The positive vibe has to come back in.”
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Ajax currently boast a 3-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie, and have been drawn to face Ligue 1 league leaders Lille in one of the highlight ties of the last 32 of the Europa League.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.