FC Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans spoke of his club's 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans is accused of using the word N, which made him "get away" from the team after an investigation was completed, The Enquirer learned.
The issue was brought to the team's attention on Thursday when it was reported by Major League Soccer, which received a complaint from the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA).
Asked about the incident, Jans told FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding that he said the word while singing with music played in the locker room.
Later, a player took Jans aside to tell him that it was unacceptable in America. Jans, 61, is from the Netherlands.
"The Players Association was recently made aware of the extremely inappropriate comments made by FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans," the MLSPA said in a statement to The Enquirer. "We have made a report to the relevant league officials and we expect an immediate and thorough investigation of the league. "
Nick Hagglund, Spencer Richey and Greg Garza are the team representatives for MLSPA, but could not be reached for comment.
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In another incident, the complaint against Jans says he made inappropriate comments on slavery before the October 6 game against D.C. United. In this case, it was said after Jans spent time at the nation's memorials and was intended to inspire the team to overcome adversity.
Berding spoke to the team at 2 p.m. Jans had already left the training center. Berding could not be reached for comment, but the team released the following statement.
“FC Cincinnati was founded and operates according to three fundamental values: (1) being inclusive and family oriented, (2) having a strong and visible presence in the community, and (3) winning on the field. When club management learned of the allegation, we were very surprised to see that building a caring and committed culture was at the center of Ron's leadership. We want to fully understand the nature of the incident and allow our players to speak freely about any locker room issue. As a result, as the Club and Major League Soccer work together, Ron will leave the team during the investigation. While the investigation is under way, the Club also undertakes to ensure that each member of the club has a deeper appreciation and awareness of the differences. in cultures and backgrounds, and will institute training for each member of the organization. The Club will have no further comments on this matter until the conclusion of the joint investigation with MLS. "
The complaint comes at a critical time for the team, which is in the middle of pre-season training in Florida.
Jans was hired in August near the end of a dismal season last year when the team finished last. Jans is responsible for rebuilding the team and helped form a group that gives fans hope.
The season opens on March 1 at the New York Red Bulls.
Jans’s departure means he’ll miss at least one friendly this Sunday. In his place, assistant coaches Yoann Damet and Ivar van Dinteren will lead the club.
Damet led the club for most of 2019 after the dismissal of former head coach Alan Koch.
Major League Soccer officials confirmed on Friday that they had been informed of the complaint against Jans.
"The MLS League office, in cooperation with FC Cincinnati, has opened an investigation into the matter," said MLS officials in the statement. "Jans has retired from coaching the team while this matter is under investigation. "