Audio: Eymael's monkey comments

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Luc Eymael is being reported to FIFA by both SAFA and the Tanzania FA – now have a listen to the shocking comments that sparked the uproar.

Eymael has made many enemies since comparing the supporters of his former club Young Africans to "monkeys and dogs" for making their feelings audible during matches.

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It is not uncommon in Africa to hear fans shouting or gesturing for the coach of their favourite team to make substitutions, this happens even in the PSL.

But it was the racial slur and relegation to the position of animals the Belgian coach used in reference to the fans that meant his rant has been interpreted as racist.

Listen to what Eymael said below. Note: Video is unrelated and comments were not made during this press conference.

It has been established that Eymael made these comments to a Tanzanian journalist over a phone call who then used the rant on his podcast show, which has since gone viral on social media.

Despite the peculiarity of the audio and video not being in sync, it is clear what the former Polokwane City, Black Leopards and Free State Stars coach said.

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Former Ea Lla Koto player Makhehleni Makhaula, who worked with Eymael when they won the Nedbank Cup in 2018, says even though his former coach could get upset sometimes, he never showed any signs of being a racist.

"I don't recall, no no no, I don't want to lie to you, I saw him as a good person you see," Makhaula tells KickOff.com.

"You know that in this industry each and every coach has got his favourite player you understand. But as for Luc, he didn't show it because he loved all of us you understand. So as for me, I have never noticed anything racist about him.

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"He treated all of us the same. We had whites, blacks obviously... but for me it was same story. Everything was right with him, there was no racism or anything. I also agree with him that if he was racist he wouldn't have stayed in Africa for so many years.

"But when he is angry you understand you won't know if he did say that or not. But when something upsets him, he's got this tendency of acting out of anger. But being a racist, no no no. What I know is that when he is upset he would get out and leave.

"Luc loved his players, he used to encourage all of us in terms of playing you understand? I don't want to lie grootman, he loved all of us, and all of us loved him. What I can say is for me I don't see him as a racist.

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"So if he did say that, eish, I don't know how I would look at him if he can say something like that maybe to me. Ja so for me, I don't remember [anything racist]."

Not so long ago Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela called on PSL clubs not to hire Eymael because of alleged arrogance and disrespect towards his South African colleagues and opponents.

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Eymael responds to Komphela

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