- The South African Football Association (Safa) is planning to write to the Minister of Home Affairs with regards to Luc Eymael
- Eymael was fired from his previous position for his racist remarks but was still seemingly hired by Chipp United
- Safa is not at all impressed by this decision and is also planning to bring up his conduct with the Ethics Committees of Fifa
After Chippa United made the announcement that Belgian coach Luc Eymael would be their new head coach, there was an uproar. The South African Football Association (Safa) has now announced that they will oppose his application for a work permit.
Eymael has earned the title of a controversial person after he made racist remarks regarding his former club's fanbase. United shocked many after they appointed the Belgian right after firing Lehlohonolo Seema.
Safa stated that they will immediately be writing to the Minister of Home Affairs to confirm their objection to the granting of a work permit for Eymael.
TimesLive reported that Safa will also be requesting the Ethics Committees of Fifa and Safa to charge Eymael. They said his conduct would fall under a violation of the codes of both bodies. Sport24 reported that Eymael made the racist remarks earlier this year.
Below are just a few of the tweets in response to Eymael's position at United:
"Chippa United went to fetch the racist Luc Eymael to come and coach in SA. Home Affairs must refuse him a work permit."
"So Luc Eymael has got himself another job in South Africa… Unbelievable."
"Luc Eymael has found shelter in the luxury resort and spa for carpenters and plumbers, the South Africa PSL. I can’t say I am surprised."
"Luc Eymael is a racist so why did Chippa Mpengesi hire him?"
"Not Chippa United chopping Seema and bringing in the banned Luc Eymael."
"How on earth is Luc Eymael getting another coaching job in Africa? Chippa Utd?"
Although Chippa United announced the Belgian as their coach, Briefly.co.za reported that Eymael has denied signing anything. Speaking to a local football publication, the coach said that he had spoken to the team's management but had not signed any papers.
His denial comes after the team released a statement claiming that they had signed Eymael as senior coach of the team until the end of the season. In the statement, a confident Chippa United had even said that Eymael would be heading the team in a match against SupersportUnited at Lucas Moripe stadium in 2021.
Eymael however has said that he did not sign any deals with the team. "It's not true that I signed with Chippa United," adding that he was surprised that the team had released the statement before having made the agreement official on paper.
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