The South African FA (SAFA) have decided to ban former Tala’a El-Gaish manager Luc Eymael following his racist comments against Tanzania’s Young Africans fans.
Earlier this week a video was shown of Eymael criticizing the conditions of football pitches in Tanzania and explicitly said that he and his wife hated living in the country.
The Belgian then went on to compare the Young African fans to ‘monkeys and dogs’, saying that they knew nothing about football.
The former El-Gaish head coach then tried to justify his actions after being sacked, during an interview with Kickoff.com:
“How can I be racist and stayed here in Africa?” said Eymael.
However, his attempt to vindicate himself failed as he was banned by SAFA who will send a letter to the country’s Minister of Sports to ‘raise objection to any consideration of granting coach Eymael a work permit in South Africa in future.’
They will also contact FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to try and cast light on the issue.
“If you saw the pic or the video after the game, I’m jumping into the hands of everybody… how can I be a racist? Lots of things are being taken out of context, absolutely,” he continued.
The president of the Tanzanian FA, Wallace Kaira, also revealed that they bring the matter to FIFA, saying that what he did was an ‘insult to all Africans’.
Eymael spent most of his coaching career in Africa where he took charge of many teams in DR Congo, Gabon, Algeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Tunisia, Sudan, South Africa and Egypt.