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Sports Hertha fires goalkeeping coach Petry for xenophobic comments

18:11  06 april  2021
18:11  06 april  2021 Source:   msn.com

Hertha Berlin sack goalkeeping coach Petry for anti-gay and xenophobic comments

  Hertha Berlin sack goalkeeping coach Petry for anti-gay and xenophobic comments The Hungarian was relieved of his duties just one day after an interview with a newspaper in his home countryPetry made a number of controversial statements regarding fellow Hungarian and RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi's outspoken support for LGBT rights.

BERLIN — Hertha Berlin has fired goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry for making homophobic and xenophobic comments in an interview published by Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet.

Zsolt Petry smiling for the camera © Provided by The Canadian Press

The Bundesliga club said Tuesday that it is committed to values of diversity and tolerance and “these are not found in the statements of Zsolt Petry, which he made publicly as an employee of Hertha BSC.”

In the interview published Monday, Petry criticized Hungary goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi, who plays for Hertha’s league rival Leipzig, for supporting gay marriage and defending LGBT rights.

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“I don’t know what might have caused Péter to stand up for homosexuals, transvestites and people with other gender identities,” Petry said in the comments reported by Magyar Nemzet. “I sure wouldn’t have stirred up tempers in his place.”

Petry said the “majority of Hungarian society does not agree with Péter Gulácsi’s liberal opinion on rainbow families.”

The former Hungary goalkeeper, 54, also criticized Europe’s migration policies.

“I cannot understand how Europe can morally sink as deeply as it is now. Immigration policy for me is a manifestation of moral decline,” Petry said. “Europe is a Christian continent. I am reluctant to watch the moral degradation sweeping across the continent.”

Hertha chairman Carsten Schmidt said in a statement Tuesday that Petry’s work was valued at the club and that he had never expressed homophobic or xenophobic comments before, but his statements to Magyar Nemzet ran against the club’s values.

Petry, who has been with Hertha since 2015, told the club website, “I want to emphasize that I am neither homophobic nor xenophobic. I very much regret my statement on immigration policy and would like to apologize to all the people who seek refuge with us and whom I’ve offended.”

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