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BERLIN (AP) — Schalke chairman Clemens Tönnies’ decision to temporarily step down over comments widely condemned as racist has done little to quell anger with the German soccer club’s response.Schalke said it welcomed Tönnies’ decision to take a three-month break but then “resume in the same position” in charge of the club.Fans blasted the Gelsenkirchen-based team’s response after a late-night meeting of its honorary board on Tuesday. Schalke later said allegations of racism are “unsubstantiated” but “allegations of having violated club policy and (statutory) non-discrimination principles are justified.”Many fans had been calling on the 63-year-old Tönnies to resign over the comments he made on Aug. 1 Cheap England Soccer Shirts , when he told a public meeting in Paderborn that tax increases to fight climate change were wrong and claimed it was better to finance 20 power plants a year in Africa.“Then the Africans would stop cutting down trees, and they would stop making babies when it gets dark,” Tönnies said in comments first reported by the Neue Westfälische local newspaper.Tönnies, Schalke chairman since 2001, apologized for his comments.Those remarks – and now the club’s response – have been widely condemned.“We’re disappointed because we expect and think it’s right that there’s another definitive solution Cheap France Soccer Jerseys ,” Manfred Beck of the Schalke Fan-Initiative group told Radio Emscher-Lippe on Wednesday. “Clemens Tönnies can no longer be the face of Schalke.”Tönnies had been speaking as head of the Tönnies Group, a meat-processing food giant with around 16,500 employees that specializes in the slaughter of pigs and cattle. The group posted revenues of 6.65 billion euros ($7.45 billion) last year.“Mr. Tönnies clearly used racist resentments in his speech. To only speak of discrimination suppresses the racially discriminatory content of the statement and contributes more to its trivialization,” Bernhard Franke of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.Kicker magazine called the affair an “unbelievable farce,” while Der Spiegel magazine said it was “a setback for efforts to remove racism from football.”Dagmar Freitag Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys , chairwoman of the German parliament’s sports committee, also criticized the club’s response.“For me it is more a case of racism than ‘just’ discrimination,” Freitag told broadcaster NDR Info. Freitag called on the German soccer federation (DFB) for a “clearer stance” on the issue.Nikolaus Schneider of the DFB’s ethics commission told news agency dpa that it will be discussing the case on Aug. 15. The commission can make charges to be dealt with by the DFB’s court.Germany’s justice minister Christine Lambrecht spoke of “hollow racism” and Sylvia Schenk of Transparency International Germany said Tönnies had a “highly problematic mentality.”Criticism came from within soccer circles, too. Andreas Rettig of second-division side St. Pauli said Tönnies had displayed a “lord’s mentality,” while former Schalke forward Gerald Asamoah best replica football jerseys , now in charge of the club’s Under-23s, said he was “very surprised, shocked and also hurt.”Schalke plays in Germany’s top tier. It finished 14th in the 18-team Bundesliga last season and has hopes of doing better this season under new coach David Wagner, a former United States international. The chief organizer of the Copa Libertadores is working at the world track and field championships in Qatar, missing Tuesday’s rematch of last year’s troubled final between Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.Fan violence prior to the second leg at River’s Monumental Stadium forced the 2018 final to be moved away from the continent to Spain for the first time in the competition’s history. The same stadium in Buenos Aires was to stage the semifinal first leg on Tuesday as River continued its title defense of South America’s most prestigious club tournament.The game was to be played in the middle of the night in Qatar where CONMEBOL competitions’ director Fred Nantes is working at the track worlds. The IAAF told The Associated Press that Nantes was working as an international technical official at its showpiece event which began on Friday and runs through this Sunday.“Mr. Fred Nantes is on vacation these days Cheap Iceland Soccer Shirts ,” CONMEBOL told the AP.South America’s soccer confederation said Nantes had been an international athletics referee since 2001, before joining them and wants to continue working in that sport occasionally away from soccer.Nantes’ LinkedIn page shows he has worked at CONMEBOL since January 2018.
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