Former Chelsea manager accused of multiple accounts of sexual harassment

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been accused of multiple accounts of sexual harassment in an Israeli TV documentary.

The 66-year-old, who led Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final before being sacked, responded to the Exposure TV show on Israel’s Channel 12 by apologising to anyone he had caused to feel uncomfortable.

Although he did not initially address the central allegations in his response, he has since denied being physically aggressive towards women to Sportsmail.

The accusations relate to numerous incidents involving several female journalists, the most recent of which took place 18 months ago when the alleged victim was just 22.

One woman claimed she was invited to Grant’s apartment in Tel Aviv in June 2020 with an offer to help her find work, before he allegedly asked her to take off her clothes and refused to let her leave.

Several women alleged that Grant offered to assist them in their careers when starting out, before making inappropriate comments and sending harassing messages over a number of years.

“I have always sought to prioritise staying a human being and respect every woman or man, whoever they may be,’ he said.

“I am a people person, a man of friendships. And over the years I have maintained relationships with women. In all these I have tried very hard to treat them with respect and friendship and I never intended to behave unfairly or in any way harm any woman.

“Anyone who has felt uncomfortable or hurt by me, I regret it and apologise from the bottom of my heart.”

Grant also provided an additional statement to Sportsmail on Monday, saying: “I have never and would never force myself on and be physically aggressive towards a woman. Or to anyone. Any sexual relationship I have had has been consensual.”