FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans resigns amid probe into use of racial slur: 'I really apologize'

BRADENTON, Fla. — FC Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans’ tenure at the club has ended. 

Jans, FC Cincinnati’s head coach of less than a year, resigned from his post Monday night. The move came in the midst of a Major League Soccer investigation into Jans’ use of a racial slur and mounting outside pressure to address the accusations.

For the second time in his FC Cincinnati career, assistant coach Yoann Damet will assume interim head coaching duties while General Manager Gerard Nijkamp conducts an international search for the club’s full-time replacement. 

“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,” club President Jeff Berding said in a team news release.

“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…

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