The American players' union MLSPA reacted furiously to the Ron Jans case on Tuesday evening. According to the organization, the Dutchman is more to blame than he and the media claim.
Jans retired earlier in the day as coach of FC Cincinnati. He was discredited because he - as was written by the press and later confirmed himself - sang along in the dressing room with a hip-hop number and thereby uttered the loaded word nigger .
Major League Soccer (MLS) then started an investigation because a player from FC Cincinnati allegedly filed a complaint. However, according to the MLSPA, the truth is rather different.
"We are terribly disappointed in the attempts that have been made in recent days to manipulate the public debate through lies and targeted leaks towards the press. For example, nothing is true of the story that would have been sung along with a song," says the union declaration.
"It is also not true that one or more players have filed a complaint. The deliberate lies have contributed to a poisoned atmosphere in which deplorable player abuse is encouraged. They were attempts to distort the truth and to convince those who spoke of unacceptable behavior. intimidate. "
Jans was only employed since August
Jans told de Volkskrant on Sunday how he thought the incident in the dressing room had gone. "My second captain said to me: you have to be careful with that. I realized that then too," he said about using the word nigger .
"I had said it in general, not to anybody in particular, but for safety's sake I said to the player closest to me:" That wasn't against you. ""
The 61-year-old Jans has been the trainer of FC Cincinnati since August of last year, which finished at the end of 2019 in the American league. The new MLS season starts in early March.
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