Luc Eymael accuses officials of racism


Luc Eymael lost it and didn’t pull his punches during a press conference held after he suffered a second consecutive defeat in charge of Young Africans in the Tanzanian Premier League.

He accused a match official of being a ‘racist’.

Young Africans went down 1-0 against Azam on Saturday at Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

The Belgian coach was already under pressure coming into the game as his side Yanga SC had also lost 3-0 against Kagera Sugar.

An agitated Eymael said: “I want to again complain about the officiating, yes, when the referee came to me he shows me a yellow card then I want to give him my hand, then he says he doesn’t want my hand, so what are you here, because I am white, you have a problem with white people?”

Clearly, Eymael was upset and felt hard done by the officials.

“It is very bad, so even me when I will go back to Belgium, I will say Tanzania, they are racist, I want to shake their hands, they don’t want my hand, I don’t want your hand, what is that I am very upset, it is racism, pure racism, we are in 2020.”

Eymael who was recently appointed head coach of Young Africans admitted that he is worried about his future at the club after a poor run of form.

“We lost and I am thinking about my future, my future at Yanga, I have to discuss with my people,” he said.

‘’I try to come here to bring some soccer, good brand of soccer but unfortunately, we lost…I have nothing against Azam, good, fair play, no cheating about Azam but sometimes the decisions are very bad.

“Why always against us, two games now, two red cards, why? If you were in Congo, the fans should have been on the pitch running after the official,” concluded Eymael.

By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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