Eastern Cape govt slams Mpengesi

Premiership

The Eastern Cape provincial government has added its weight behind the calls to stop Luc Eymael from joining Chippa United.

A statement reads: 'The Eastern Cape provincial government is concerned that Chippa United Football Club has appointed Mr Luc Eymael as their head coach even though they know about the racist and offensive remarks he made about black people supporting his former club.

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'South Africa is founded on principles of human dignity, achievement of equality, advancement of human rights, freedoms and non-racialism. We therefore cannot have a soccer coach who behaves in a manner that is contrary to these values.

'The racist and offensive remarks made by Mr Eymael have no place in our society and we don’t think a football club playing in our professional soccer league and a club that is financially supported by the Municipalities of the Eastern Cape government should be coached by an unrepentant racist spewing offensive and derogatory statements about other human beings.

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'It is more disturbing that the owner of Chippa United Football Club, Mr Siviwe 'Chippa' Mpengesi, does not see anything wrong with the racist and offensive remarks made by Mr Eymael against black people who support the former club coached by Mr Eymael.

'Mr Mpengesi should fully understand the pain caused by racism. We expected him to be in the front line of fighting against racism to defend the dignity of people insulted by Mr Eymael in that racist and offensive statement he made.

'We welcome the statement made by the leadership of the South African Football Association regarding this matter. We will monitor this situation and developments on this matter with keen interest.'

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