Controversial Belgian coach Luc Eymael has been shown the door by Chippa United following pressure from the South African football fraternity.
Chippa confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they will not continue with the appointment of Eymael as Technical Advisor.
The Eastern Cape-based outfit received a lot of backlash from the general public and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after the announcement of Eymael but club owner Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi has since decided to release the Belgian mentor a day after announcing that the former Free State Stars coach would take over as Technical Advisor.
In a statement, Chippa said that Eymael will return to Belgium as it’s clear that he “requires further time to clear his name” after uttering racist comments.
“He has reassured the club that he will, in his own capacity take legal action concerning his rights, including the dissemination of the offending media clip through his own lawyers. We as a club maintain our stance against racism of any form and wish to make it clear that our intended appointment of Eymael would not have happened were the allegations against him have been validated in any form.
“We are naturally sensitive to the views of our fans, sponsors, the general public and South Africa as a whole and hence the decision. However, we do regret and condemn the manner in which a narrative was improperly created, without the proper facts being put forward.
“The team will now focus on means to pull itself out of the compromised league position it finds itself in and further announcements regarding the coaching staff will follow. We regret any negative impact that the turn of events highlighted above may have caused to our loyal fans and sponsors,” added Chippa in a statement.
Mpengesi had earlier introduced Eymael towards the end of last year as their new coach but had to reverse the decision following pressure from the South African Football Association (Safa), as they alleged that they had banned him from coaching in the country due to the racist comments he had made at his last club – Young Africans SC in Tanzania.
“It must be stated that the decision to withdraw the appointment of Eymael, was not based on any concrete evidence or legal position regarding the claims against Eymael, but was rather informed by the club’s sensitivity to the gravity of the accusations against Eymael, the public outcry and to also allow the matter to be fully investigated. ”
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By FARPost Reporter