Kerala sports trust terminates controversial Belgian football coach’s service

April 2nd, 2008 - 10:15 pm ICT by admin  

By Juhan Samuel
Wayanad (Kerala), April 2 (ANI): The Sports and Education Promotion Trust (SEPT), a charitable society, has terminated the service of the controversial Belgian football coach Josef Achtergael after it was found out that he was a paedophile and had served five years sentence in his country for abusing children.
“We terminated his service on Monday after the news appeared in a newspaper on Sunday,” said Arun Kumar, chairman of the SEPT.
As per reports, the 57-year-old Josef Achtergael had reportedly spent five years in a Belgian prison for sexually abusing children. He was appointed as technical director by SEPT.
He was presently coaching at the Wayanad centre for the past few days.
Josef used to visit Kozhikode for 10-15 days in every six months and imparted training to children at various centres of the SEPT in Kozhikode and Wayanad Districts.
Amal George, Mithin Sebastian and Deveraj ND, three of his students and under 11 football players after hearing the news are in a state of shock.
Amal George said that it was a great experience travelling and training with Achtergael, which has helped players in developing their stamina.
Jose M.C, who organised the training session at the St. Thomas School ground at Nadavayal in Wayanad district, said he never experienced any bad behavior from Achtergael.
The case against him was that he abused children under the guise of imparting coaching. A court in Belgium sentenced him seven years of imprisonment, but was let off after five years in prison. (ANI)

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