Tanzanian Football Body Bans Ex-Yanga Coach for Two Years for 'Racist' Remarks

Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has banned former Yanga coach Luc Eymael from coaching in the country for two years.

TFF's Disciplinary Committee made this announcement on Monday.

"Eymael has been banned for two years and also fined Tsh8 million (about Sh400,000) after he was found guilty of inciting and uttering words considered to be racist," TFF said in a statement.

The ruling comes just a week after the Belgian was fired by Yanga for referring to Tanzanian football fans as 'monkeys and illiterate' in his post-match comments in the final game of the 2020/2021 league season against Lipuli.

Eymael later apologised for the incident but claimed he was provoked by a Simba SC fan into making those remarks.

Simba are Yanga's cross-town rivals, and the two teams have dominated the Tanzanian football for decades.

Having returned to Belgium, the 60-year-old had sent his lawyer to represent him at the case.

"I will be represented (at the Disciplinary Committee) by my lawyer. I'm not racist at all. I could never have been able to work in Africa for 10 years if I am racist," Eymael explained in an interview prior to the ruling.

Eymael, who has previously coached AFC Leopards and three clubs in South Africa, has been under fire from football stakeholders and the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) recently announced it will write to its government not to process a work permit for the experienced coach in the event he gets a job in the country.

More From: Nairobi News

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.