Chippa fires salvo at Marawa, SABC


Chippa United have hit out at South African radio personality Robert Marawa over what the club alleges has been an "agenda" against Belgian coach Luc Eymael.

Chippa buckled under public pressure again and rescinded their appointment of Eymael for a second time as the outcry over his alleged racist rant in Tanzania grew louder.

The ex-Free State Stars mentor has told that he will be returning to his homeland after the Chilli Boys reversed their decision to appoint him as technical advisor, and further indicated that he will be handing the matter over to his legal counsel.

His appointment was announced by the Gqeberha-based outfit on Sunday, shortly after the sacking of head coach Dan 'Dance' Malesela for a fourth time, and came after the club previously attempted to lure him to the club in December last year but for SAFA's protest.

Chippa, in a long-winded statement, have hit out at the veteran sports broadcaster as well as the SABC over what they deem has been "an agenda" against the 61-year-old tactician.

"Upon the initial attempt to appoint Eymael in December 2020, there was an uproar about Chippa’s intentions to appoint an alleged racist. This was by and large caused by utterances of Robert Marawa during a sports show, which also included the continuous airing of a soundbite with a voice alleged to be that of Eymael, the source of which was not credited," reads part of the statement.

"We cannot overemphasize the fallout that followed the initial statement by SAFA in December 2020 and the said broadcasts, including public condemnation on air, social media and statements by sponsors and political parties in condemnation of Chippa. This also caused the withdrawal of plans to appoint Eymael at the time, which, as can currently be seen in the team’s poor performance, led to goals and objectives not being attained.

"A new challenge is now faced through the unsubstantiated, unethical and prejudicial actions of in particular Robert Marawa’s show broadcasts, which on top of Marawa himself clearly expressing bias, invited a political party and a niche union representing coaches to express their views on what are his views, including the publicly stated intention to disrupt Chippa’s upcoming fixtures.

"Chippa will issue a complaint to the SABC concerning the offending broadcasts and are currently seeking legal advice on further action to follow in this regard. We will furthermore raise the issue with the PSL as the actions expressed herein have clear and potential adverse effects to both the League and its other sponsors including DSTV should there be any disruptions to fixtures."

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