SAFA want Eymael banned from working in SA

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The SA Football Association (SAFA) have resolved to report Luc Eymael to the government, the world governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) with an eye toward having the Belgian coach banned from ever working in South Africa again.

Eymael was shown the door on Monday by Tanzania Premier League (TPL) side Yanga Africans SC for calling Tanzanian football fans ‘stupid and monkeys’.

“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,” said SAFA in a statement.

“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. Picture: Yanga SC. 

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

SAFA went on to say that it’s unfortunate that the former Free State Stars and Black Leopards coach’s racial comments come 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,” concluded SAFA.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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