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A case like ‘Promes’ shocks every club: ‘Don’t let public opinion force it’

In early October 2004, AZ was embarrassed by the arrest of a player. The Alkmaarders had drawn 0-0 against Ajax and midfielder Barry van Galen decided after the match to visit the fair in Assendelft with his brother-in-law. Three days later he was arrested by the Zaanstreek-Waterland police.

Two 27-year-old women had filed a complaint against Van Galen for assault. In a press statement, AZ confirmed the arrest. The club added that they regard the incident as a private matter and not a matter for the club.

‘Considering the situation reasonably sober’

Willem Zeijlmans was the spokesman for AZ at the time. “Barry will not be waiting for this to be pulled up”, Zeijlmans begins. “In terms of publicity it was then also limited. It was of course a different time.”

A crisis meeting was immediately scheduled at AZ with chairman Dirk Scheringa, technical director Martin van Geel, general director Toon Gerbrands and trainer Co Adriaanse. “As a club, you are of course not waiting for this,” said Zeijlmans. ‘In mutual consultation, we decided not to respond until there was clarity. You also have responsibility towards your employee. “

“Actually, we have considered the situation fairly sober,” Zeijlmans continues. “Van Galen was sober himself. A day later he trained again. I told him I was there for him if he needed anything. That was not necessary, he said.”

A case like ‘Promes’ shocks every club: ‘Don’t let public opinion force it’
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