Thursday Jul 30, 2020. 14:00
Belgian coach Luc Eymael has hit back at the notion that he is racist, following his sacking from Tanzanian club Young Africans for controversial comments.
Eymael was recorded comparing Yanga’s fans to monkeys and dogs, leading to his dismissal earlier this week and justifiable accusations of racism.
“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.”
However, the 60-year-old insists he is not a racist, adding that he has the support of players and points out that he has worked for years in Africa without a problem.
“I am not a racist, and you know that very well,” Eymael told Goal. “I have coached in Africa for the last ten years and my record is there to speak for itself, I have never gone to the extent of being a racist because I am not a racist.
“I don’t want to dwell on what happened, because it already happened, I apologised immediately to Yanga fans and Tanzanian people because of the comments and now it is time to move on.
“You can see even some players from Yanga are supporting me, even those I worked with in Kenya are behind me, because they know I am not a racist, this issue has been too much for me now, and gone too far, it is even destroying my family and kids.”