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Siyanda Xulu reportedly quits FC Rostov

Posted: 3 November 2014 Time: 08:43

South African defender Siyanda Xulu has stopped training with his club FC Rostov following racist remarks made by his coach Igor Gamula.

Gamula was speaking at a post-match press conference on Friday after his side’s 1-0 victory over Ural in the Russian Premier League.

The coach was asked by local media whether Rostov would sign Cameroon defender Benoit Angbwa, who has apparently been linked with the club.

Gamula allegedly responded by saying that he won’t sign black players and claimed Ebola has spread to the club after five of his players reportedly fell ill.

“We have enough dark-skinned players, we've got six of the things,” he is quoted as saying.

Xulu, whose move from Mamelodi Sundowns to Rostov was confirmed in September 2012, was angered by the coach’s comments and he has subsequently stopped training with the club until he has a meeting with management, which is expected to happen today.

Gamula claims he was joking.

There are often reports relating to racism in Russia’s football circles and players like Hulk of Brazil have in the past been subjected to racist taunts.

Russia will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-11-03 06:50:17

Jaa nee....."we've got enough of those things"

posted: 2014-11-03 06:50:50

“We have enough dark-skinned players, we've got six of the things,”  hayi bo. ths is beyond verword.

hellenic of love & peace
posted: 2014-11-03 06:51:09

Being racist is not a joke,I experience it,when white guy told I'm a kaffir,I was so hurt.

posted: 2014-11-03 06:53:06

CAF please boycott 2018 world cup

posted: 2014-11-03 06:53:10

Thivhu uyadelela lomuntu

posted: 2014-11-03 06:53:46

Uyanya lowo akajoke,userious,it means iracism ngeke iphele

posted: 2014-11-03 06:55:19

If you black Russia isnt the place to be

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-11-03 06:55:33

This is utter kak' there's no joke like this. Something must be done uyanya lona.

posted: 2014-11-03 06:55:52

You can't joke about racism noo,that club should fire that coach to show that they're against racism.if I was siyanda and other black players I will quit that club based on those remarks I'm sure he would win even in court

posted: 2014-11-03 06:57:51

FIFA has done little to curb Racism in Russia...There are soo many incidence of Racism but they just get fined a few Thousands and that's it's. People like this Coaches should be banned for Life. Racism is worse than a bite.

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-11-03 06:58:02

Yerrr uyanya mus lomuntu.

posted: 2014-11-03 06:58:13

This is really sad and unfortunate that a coach can utter such rubbish

Bhakabhaka 123
posted: 2014-11-03 07:02:41

When ever they refer to us as Monkeys they must be told that they are pigs finish and klaar. If they see us as animals fine but we must also see them as such

SirAshwinParker_Friend of Mayweather
posted: 2014-11-03 07:03:29

Yoh, a joke?! Big ups to Xulu for standing up against racism, but quitting isn't the right step. Fifa should step in and punish this coach duly. Hy maak kak jokes. 

Chiefs Madrid Arsenal
posted: 2014-11-03 07:04:59

We hev enough of the

posted: 2014-11-03 07:05:08

sad..indeed....Russian football shud be banned by FIFA

Chiefs Madrid Arsenal
posted: 2014-11-03 07:05:34

SisterP indeed.

posted: 2014-11-03 07:05:36

there is nothing special about being white,go to hell mr coach

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-11-03 07:06:08

This thing will never end. Big up to Xulu though and I wish many others who are subjected to such treatment on a daily basis, maybe even worse than that, must do likewise.

Bhambatha (Ndunus are naive...)
posted: 2014-11-03 07:06:12

How I wish you could get support from the directors but I know this thing will be swept under the carpet in no time...

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