FC Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans resigns amid allegations he used racial slur as MLS conduct investigation
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Feb. 18, 2020
Ron Jans has resigned as FC Cincinnati head coach amid claims he used a racial slur.
The Dutchman is alleged to have used the n-word while singing along to a song in the Cincinnati dressing room.
It has also been claimed Jans made a joke about slavery during a memorial visit in Washington DC in October.
Announcing Jans’ resignation, club president Jeff Berding said: “As Major League Soccer’s investigation unfolded and some themes emerged, Ron offered his resignation and we agreed that it was the best course of action for everyone involved with FC Cincinnati.
“We place the utmost importance on a strong culture within our club, beginning in our locker room, and that every person connected with FC Cincinnati feels valued, respected and trusted.
“Racial and cultural diversity is a major part of what makes the game of soccer so special, and we place the highest priority on respecting every person involved in our game.
“This includes absolutely everyone associated with our club, from our locker room and front office, all the way through to our fans.”
Jans, who was appointed head coach in August, regretted the way his tenure at Cincinnati ended.
He said: “I really want to thank everyone at FC Cincinnati. I had a really great time in Cincinnati and with the club, with the staff, players, owners and fans, especially the fans.
“I’m really sorry our story ends like this. But even if I were to return, there would be too much damage done to be able to move forward successfully.
“I want to wish the club good luck in the continued building of FC Cincinnati to the next stage.”
Yoann Damet has been placed in temporary charge, while the club look for a permanent replacement for Jans.