SAFA reach final decision on Eymael saga


Luc Eymael has been cleared of allegations of racism made against him after an investigation by the South African Football Association (SAFA) Ethics Committee.

Eymael was prevented from coaching in South Africa after being appointed as head coach of Chippa United on two separate occasions this year with public and political pressure influencing the decision from owner Chippa Mpengesi.

SAFA initially stated they would block Eymael from being awarded a work permit to coach in South Africa again due to the allegations made against him in referring to fans of Tanzania giants Young Africans as acting like 'monkeys'.

Following a protracted independent investigation, the SAFA Ethics Committee has cleared Eymael of racism, leaving the Belgian free to be employed in the country again.

"According to the report, Mr Hustin examined certain recordings and concluded that they had been tampered with in order to transform the meaning of the conversation referred to in these recordings," read part of a report received.

"In the circumstances, the committee is unable to find that any derogatory, insulting or racist remarks were spoken by Mr Eymael. In the result, Mr Luc Eymael is exonerated from any alleged wrongdoing."

Eymael had stints with Free State Stars, Black Leopards and Polokwane City during his time in South Africa and won the 2018 Nedbank Cup with Ea Lla Koto.

"I would like to thank Mr Tebogo from SAFA, Mr Alex and the entire SAFA ethic committee as well as the chairperson who judged the matter and his team from SAFA for allowing for a thorough investigation and giving me a fair trial," Eymeal said.

"I now wish to put all this behind me and focus on my real passion, which is coaching football.

"I would love to return to South Africa, a country very close to my heart, and hopefully that opportunity is presented soon."

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