Green­land de­nies Eritrean coach fir­ing was racism

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

The Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of Green­land (GBU) has de­nied fir­ing its na­tional coach of Eritrean ori­gin be­cause of racism, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia. GBU Pres­i­dent John Thorsen told the daily Green­landic news­pa­per Ser­mit­siaq late on Mon­day that Tekle Ghe­bre­lul was fired be­cause a ma­jor­ity of the board ruled that he did not con­duct an “ex­em­plary sport­ing per­for­mance”, in line with the fed­er­a­tion’s guide­lines. But Ghe­bre­lul, who served as coach for four years, has slammed his dis­missal as “un­jus­ti­fied” and hav­ing “racist mo­tives”. The GBU an­nounced that Ghe­bre­lul was fired last Thurs­day. Ac­cused of as­sault­ing a mi­nor, Ghe­bre­lul told Ser­mit­siaq on Fri­day that the al­le­ga­tions were “a pre­text” to fire him in or­der to si­lence his crit­i­cism against the “hos­til­ity” he ex­pe­ri­enced in the North At­lantic au­ton­o­mous Dan­ish ter­ri­tory, which he moved to 14 years ago. —AFP

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