Bundesliga team sack Coach over Anti-gay comments

Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin have with today relieved Hungarian Goalkeeper coach Zsolt Petry over supposed “homophobic” comments he made in his last Press conference.

Petry who has been a coach with Hertha since 2015 uttered statements that were deemed homophobic in a Press Conference he held With Hungarian media company Magyar Nemzet on Monday.

In the interview, Petry, 54 called the European Union’s immigration policy the “moral downfall” of Europe, while also criticizing RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi for his public support of gay marriage.

I don’t know what led Peter to stand up for people with homosexual, transvestite and other gender identities,” said Petry of his compatriot Gulacsi, who took to Facebook in December 2020 to denounce a constitutional change which effectively banned adoption for LGBTQ couples in his home country.

“If I were him, as an athlete, I would concentrate on football and not comment publicly on socio-political issues, said Petry.

While announcing the sack, Hertha Berlin claimed that they were totally unaware of his interview and that the decision to let him go was a board decision. In the press statement, they stated that although Zsolte had never acted in a homophobic manner, his comments were inconsistent with the values of the club.

Zsolte has since apologized for his statements and gone on to leave the club. In his words

“I regret my comments on immigration policy and would like to apologize to all those who seek refuge here and who I have offended.”

The LGBTQ football fan network Queer Football Fanclubs (QFF) welcomed Hertha’s decision as a “good and correct step.”

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