Young Africans axe Luc Eymael after racist outburst

Young Africans axe Luc Eymael after racist outburst
Luc Eymael

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 28, 2020. 09:00

Tanzanian giants Young Africans SC have axed Belgian coach Luc Eymael after he compared the club’s supporters to monkeys.

Following a 1-1 draw with Mtibwa Sugar which saw Yanga drop to third on the log, Eymael went on a racist rant.

“The fans can be stupid in this country, they can only shout,” Eymael reportedly told local media, as quoted by Inside World Football.

“It’s like monkeys, you know monkeys will make monkey noise, they can only do that. They don’t know anything about football.

“Playing on such kind of pitches for the level of 7 or 8 division in Europe is not for me. Changing rooms like that are not for me.”

He added: “I don’t have a car, what is that? I don’t have wifi, I don’t have the DSTV, no, no, no.

“Working with these conditions is not for me, my man. My wife is not enjoying here, she is disgusted, and me. I am disgusted. The only pleasure I have is because the [grounds] are full [during match days] but these fans don’t know anything about soccer.”

Young Africans acted swiftly to dismiss the Belgian coach with immediate effect.

“Yanga management has been saddened by inhumane and racist remarks made by coach Luc Eymael and reported by several media outlets as well as social media,” said the 27-time-league champions said in a statement.

“Owing to those unsporting remarks, Yanga management has decided to fire Luc Eymael effective today, Monday, July 27 and will ensure he leaves the country as soon as possible.”

Eymael took to Facebook to apologise for his comments – but not soon enough to spare his job or reputation.

“I want to sincerely apologise to the people of Tanzania, Yanga leaders, supporters and sponsors about the podcast that came out,” he wrote.

“Those are not the words of Luc Eymael but of pure frustration and disappointment and emotions that made us lose our second place.”

The 60-year-old has worked with several clubs in Africa, including Polokwane City, Free State Stars, Black Leopards, AS Vita and Rayon Sports amongst others.

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