New Sex Crimes Allegations Against Former Chelsea Manager Avram Grant

Israel's Channel 12 airs accusations by three more women against Grant, the former manager of Roman Abramovich's Chelsea FC

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Former Ghana head coach, Avram Grant, at the African Cup of Nations semifinal soccer match between Cameroon and Ghana in 2017.
Then-Ghana head coach, Avram Grant, at the African Cup of Nations semifinal soccer match between Cameroon and Ghana in 2017. Credit: Sunday Alamba / AP
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New allegations of sex crimes against soccer coach Avram Grant were aired by Channel 12’s “Hasifa” last Thursday, including claims that he sought to coax one woman into prostitution while she was still in high school.

The new claims by three women come a month and a half after “Hasifa” broadcast its first set of allegations, in which several women claimed that Grant had harassed them.

Grant is the former manager and Director of Football of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich's British soccer club Chelsea FC. In recent years he has been working mainly in locations such as Thailand, Africa and India as soccer coach.

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in 2016.Credit: JUSTIN TALLIS - AFP

In the latest allegations, one woman alleges that Grant took her by car to a parking garage and said to her, “‘let’s get down to business’ and asked what I was prepared to do for money.” When the woman refused to have sex with him, he allegedly told her that “he would compromise and settle for oral sex.”

In the end, he forced himself on her, she said. “I got to the point where I was just looking up at the ceiling of the car – I wanted to look anywhere until it was over,” the woman said.

Another woman alleged that while she was serving in the army, Grant promised her job. She claimed that Grant invited her to his apartment, led her to his bedroom and pushed her head toward his penis, and later paid her 1,000 shekels ($310) for sex.

Then-Ghana's coach Avram Grant (R) celebrates after his team won the 2015 African Cup of Nations, 2015.Credit: AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

A third woman recounted how when she was age 18, Grant formed a relationship with her and sent her pictures and messages. When she asked him to stop, he responded that “he had sent them by mistake,” she alleged. Grant then allegedly promised that he would help her buy cannabis and meet her at a gas station. When she arrived, he tried to force himself on her in his car despite her resistance, she said. “I hoped that it would simply end there, but I realized he wasn’t going to help me,” she said”. He remained in the same position, still grabbing at me. I pushed him away as much as I could, opened the door and ran. I didn’t look back. I got into my car and locked myself in and told myself it wasn’t happening now. I saw him go, he just drove away.”

In response, Grant said in a statement: “Unfortunately, the ‘Hasifa’ program has chosen for a second time now to show the public a distorted, unbalanced and unfair picture of my private life, ignoring evidence that was shown to it. Nevertheless, it is important for me to say: ‘My relationships with women have always been conducted with respect and consent, and I never intended to hurt anyone. I’m sorry with all my heart if anyone was hurt by me and I regret it. “

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