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SAFA to ban Eymael from coaching in South Africa

SAFA to ban Eymael from coaching in South Africa

The South African Football Association (SAFA) intends to ban Luc Eymael from returning to work in the country again.

Luc Eymael was sacked by Tanzanian Giants Yanga Sports Club as head coach following his recent racist remarks towards the club’s fans.

The 60-year-old Belgian tactician is said to have used racist remarks referring to Young African supporters as “dogs and monkeys.”

SAFA said on their official website, that the will report Eymael to the Sports Minister, FIFA and CAF so the he does not work in

“We want to express our solidarity and support for the Tanzania FA and the Yanga FC.
Our own history, principles and beliefs compels us to reject racism in all its forms,” read a statement from SAFA.

“This conduct militates against Nelson Mandela’s understanding of the role of sport in our society that it has the power to change the world, power to inspire and unite people in a way that little else does.

“SAFA therefore has decided on the following steps:

  • To direct a letter to the Minister of Sports to bring this matter to his attention, with SAFA stated position that we will raise objection to any consideration of granting coach Eymael a work permit in South Africa in future.
  • Bring this matter to the attention of world football governing body, FIFA as well as the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
  • Write a letter of solidarity and support to the Tanzania FA and to assure them of our full cooperation on any remedial steps they may consider

The statement continued: “It is further unfortunate that this situation comes in the wake of the global campaign of Black Lives Matter. Africa has the bitter experience of its people being captured and taken as slaves on other continents.

“South African football too has moved from the history of a divided past of having various national football bodies formed on racial lines under apartheid to a single non-racial united Association.

“We, therefore, support SACFA and thank them that coaches themselves have taken a strong stand against racists and devious behaviour of some fellow coaches on the continent.”

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