Young Africans SC of Tanzania have fired Belgian tactician Luc Eymael for allegedly spewing racist remarks following the club’s 1-1 draw against Mtibwa Sugar.
He labelled the club’s supporters as ignorant and even compared them to monkey’s and dogs while criticizing his working conditions.
“The fans can only shout and are like monkeys who are barking ‘babababa’,” Eymael said “These fans do not know anything about soccer.
“This place is not for me, playing in pitches at a level of seventh or eighth division in Europe is not for me,” he added. “The changing rooms, too, are not for me.
“I am not enjoying your country, you are uneducated people. I don’t have a car, what is that?
“I do not have wifi and I do not have DSTV. No, no, no!”
“My wife is absolutely not enjoying here and this is disgusting to me, I am disgusted,” he continued. “The only pleasure that I have is the pitches are always full when we are playing, full of our fans, but working in these conditions is not for me.
“I do not want to stay here. I would prefer that they release me let me just do my last game and let me go.”
He then criticized match officials for favouring rivals Simba SC instead.
“You know, [the] officiating was always against us and [was] only favouring Simba, not giving us even a clear penalty,” he complained. “Things like that are not for me.
“I said to the sponsor: Do your own things and you cannot be able to win the league because you are not an organised team, you are not an organised club.
“The officiating is always against you because you are a poor club.”
These comments were condemned by the club’s management.
“Yanga management has been saddened by inhumane and racist remarks made by coach Luc Eymael and reported by several media outlets as well as social media,” the 27-time-league champions said in a statement signed by interim Secretary-General Simon Patrick.
“Owing to those unsporting remarks, Yanga management has decided to fire Luc Eymael effective today, Monday, July 27 and will ensure he leaves the country as soon as possible.”
“The management apologises to the country’s leaders, Tanzania Football Federation (TFF), members, Yanga fans and the citizens in general for the disgusting and demeaning remarks by coach Luc Eymael.