Eymael's name cleared as SAFA defeated

Premiership

Belgian coach Luc Eymael is free to work in South Africa again after SAFA gave up their fight to ban him from working in the country.

Eymael was banned from working in South Africa by SAFA after he was alleged to have made racist statements during his stint as coach of Young Africans in Tanzania.

But according to a letter sent to Eymael's lawyers from SAFA CEO Tebogo Montlanthe, the controversial coach is now free to work in South Africa again after taking the issue to the FIFA Ethics Committee.

"The association doesn't grant permission to enter or exit the country, that is the function of the government. Our position is that we do not deny your right to be employed in South Africa or freedom of association," reads part of the letter sent from SAFA.

"Our objection was based purely on the seriousness of the allegations against you which goes against our statutes. But now everything has been clarified and your name is cleared."

Eymael refused to comment about the letter from SAFA and referred KickOff.com to his lawyers in Belgium.

"I have been advised not to comment about this matter. I believe my lawyers and SAFA will make an official statement. That's the only thing I can say," says the former Black Leopards, Free State Stars and Polokwane City coach.

Efforts to get hold of Motlhante proved futile as he has been travelling to Egypt for the CAF presidential elections later today.

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