- Chippa United have allegedly done a 180-degree turn on their decision to appoint Luc Eymael as head coach
- Social media users speculated if there was political interference in the decision
- Eymael had landed in hot water of allegedly racist language used to describe fans of a rival club
Veteran sports journalist Robert Marawa has just Tweeted that Chippa United have allegedly taken a u-turn on their decision to appoint coach Luc Eymael.
This has sent shockwaves through the sporting community as the sudden u-turn came as a surprise.
Speculations are rife into the reason for the sudden change in heart with some social media users blaming Marawa for stirring the pot with too many questions.
"I'm blaming you because of your questions and Board members remember fans ar also board members ."
Others have cited political interference as the reason with reports that the South African Football Association (SAFA) had tried to block Eymael's appointment.
"Roberto.... Inasmuch as I agree with the decision however I have reservations."
"Isn't FIFA rules that bars political interferences in sports?"
"So did Chippa withdraw on the basis of political pressure or because it was the right thing to do?"
Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that 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.
According to News24 Eymael had responded to SAFA's claims and was surprised by the association's stance, he had not heard from SAFA since his lawyers contacted them a month ago about their July statement.
He has denied that he is racist and had insinuated that it was political interference.
Due to the nature of the controversy other's said that the decision was not a political one:
"Political interference within context, insulting one race and fighting against being insulted is not necessarily political (although it is a common weapon for politicians), it is simply inhumane."
This has started a whole new debate on social media about what the grounds for employment should be.
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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