South African club Chippa United have withdrawn the appointment of controversial Belgian coach Luc Eymael.
Chippa announced Eymael as the new club coach on Wednesday, December 23.
In dramatic turn of events, the appointment has since been met with negative reviews for a coach that was sacked by Young Africans in Tanzania after racial remarks.
He was fired by Young Africans for referring to the club supporters as monkeys and dogs who know nothing about football.
After he was appointed on Wednesday by Chippa, South African Football Association came out to object and confirmed that they will be writing to the Minister of Home Affairs to express their dismay to the granting of a work permit for him.
SAFA also added that they will also request the Ethics Committees of FIFA to charge Mr Eymael as his despicable conduct is a violation of the codes of the body.
“After having announced Mr. Eymael’s appointment until the end of the season on
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 – the Club has considered public outrage. There was also the reputational damage caused to our brand; and that of our stakeholders, partners as well as our sponsors,” Chippa has said in a statement.
“We would like to clarify that the initial decision to make this appointment was based on Mr. Eymael’s coaching track record, where we felt he was the best person to take the Club towards our desired top half finish in this DSTV Premiership season.
“Outside of the written reports, there was no formal instruction – to us or to any other team- to not employ Mr. Eymael.
“However, as the Pride of Eastern Cape, we represent the legacies of world renowned anti-
discrimination heroes that come from our Province.”
Chippa has stated that they have fully informed Mr. Eymael and his representatives about their position.
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