FC Cincinnati claims that Ron Jans was fired and did not resign after the accusation of racism. The American club also states that it was not the first incident involving the 61-year-old trainer since his arrival in August.
"It was all about the picture. Unacceptable comment. During confidential conversations with the players, more stories emerged. Then we knew that there was no future for Ron at our club," said chairman Jeff Berding on Tuesday at a specially arranged press conference. .
Major League Soccer (MLS) started an investigation into Jans on Friday because a player from FC Cincinnati allegedly filed a complaint with the American players' union MLSPA. Jans then stated that he sang along in the dressing room with a hip-hop number in which the word nigger appears.
"I shared the outcome of the talks with Gerard Nijkamp (technical director, ed.). Gerard spoke to Ron and explained the situation. We agreed that it was best for Ron to leave. Out of respect for the players we do not share details about the situation, "says Berding.
MLSPA accuses Jans and media of lies
The MLSPA reacted furiously to the case earlier on Tuesday. The organization accused Jans and the media of spreading lies. According to them, it is absolutely not true that the Overijsselaar only sang along with a song and then used the loaded word.
"The intentional lies have contributed to a poisoned atmosphere that encourages deplorable abuse of players. They were attempts to distort the truth and intimidate those who spoke of unacceptable behavior."
Jans said he had a strange feeling about the conversation with the Cincinnati leadership. He confirmed that he had used the charged word while singing, but that the statement was particularly awkward and that he had no racist intentions.
"There were a lot of questions, I don't go into details. But I thought what is it all about? So there have been things noted by the players. So there must have been a number of players struggling with certain things ", he told Radio Veronica Inside .