German football club Hertha BSCannouncedon Tuesday it had fired its Hungarian goalkeeper coach Zsolt Petry with immediate effect for his comments not conforming to the club’s policy of diversity and tolerance. Earlier, in an interview with daily Magyar Nemzet, Perty spoke up against fellow footballer Péter Gulácsi’s Facebook post supporting same-sex marriage.
“The management of Hertha BSC has decided in relation to some statements by goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry in an interview with the Hungarian newspaper ‘Magyar Nemzet’, which the club was not previously aware of, to release Zsolt Petry with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement. “Hertha BSC has signed the Diversity Charter and, as an association, is actively committed to values such as diversity and tolerance, because these values are important to us. This is not to be found in the statements of Zsolt Petry, which he made publicly as our employee.”
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