Hertha Berlins Sacks Goal keeping coach

Hertha Berlins Sacks Goal keeping coach

The Hungarian was sacked just one day after an interview with a newspaper in his home country

Hertha Berlin have sacked goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry for anti-gay and anti-immigrant comments made in an interview on Monday.

In an interview with Hungarian outlet Magyar Nemzet, Petry said of Gulacsi: “The majority of Hungarian society does not agree with Peter Gulacsi’s liberal opinion on rainbow families.

“As an athlete, I would focus on football in his place and not formulate any position on public, social policy issues.

“I do not know what might have caused Peter to stand up for people with homosexual, transvestite, and other gender identities. I certainly would not have stirred up tempers if I were in his place.”

On immigration, Petry stated: “I do not even understand how Europe can morally sink as deeply as it is now. Immigration policy for me is a manifestation of moral decline.

“Europe is a Christian continent. I am reluctant to watch the moral degradation sweeping across the continent.

“If you don’t think immigration is good because Europe has been swarmed by a bunch of criminals, then they accuse you of being racist.”

The Bundesliga side reacted quickly, stating on Tuesday: “Following several remarks made by goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry in an interview that the club was initially unaware of with Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet, and after intense internal discussions and consultations, the Hertha BSC board has decided to relieve Zsolt Petry of his duties with immediate effect.

Hertha Berlins Sacks Goal keeping coach After Making Anti-Gay Comments
Zsolt Petry

“Hertha BSC signed the Diversity Charter for German companies and actively promote values such as diversity and tolerance, because these values are important to us.

“The remarks made by Zsolt Petry as a club employee in the public eye to not respect these values.”

After he was sacked, Petry gave a statement of his own, saying: “I would like to stress that I am not homophobic or xenophobic. I deeply regret my comments about immigration politics and would like to apologise to all those seeking refuge here who I have insulted.

“I enjoyed working for Hertha BSC and respect their decision. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future.”



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