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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 11:46 GMT
Matumona in FC Brussels U-turn
Zola Matumona
Matumona quit FC Brussels after the incident with the chairman

DR Congo midfielder Zola Matumona, who quit his Belgian club last week over a racist incident, has agreed to return.

Matumona quit FC Brussels on Friday after he and his fellow players were lambasted by club president Johan Vermeersch for a string of poor performances.

Matumona accused Vermeersch of racial abuse when the president told him to think about things other than "trees and bananas."

But after lengthy talks on Tuesday Matumona agreed to return, accepting his boss's excuses and dropping his planned legal action.

"The conclusion is that the incident is closed and that no complaints will be filed," said Vermeersch, who had apologized to the player for his words.

"I accepted them. It is all over," Matumona said.

The club's kit sponsor, South Korean car manufacturer Kia, terminated its contract over the row saying: "We don't want to be associated in any way with racism."

And while welcoming Tuesday's reconciliation Kia said it was standing by its original decision "because of the damage suffered by its mark's image".

After nine defeats from 12 games FC Brussels are lying one off the foot of the Belgian first division.



SEE ALSO
Matumona quits club over racism
03 Nov 07 |  African
Matumona in racist abuse claim
02 Nov 07 |  African
Kia withdraws FC Brussels deal
02 Nov 07 |  African


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