Racial abuse on the field and K-word after GLRU club match - statement

roodepoort logo1 May - No particulars are available yet about the fight that broke out last Wednesday after a Pirates Grand Challenge Under-21 match between Wanderers and Roodepoort following an alleged racial incident last week.

A Roodepoort player allegedly slapped an opponent and called him the K-word. The matter has been referred to the Golden Lions Rugby Union and Roodepoort will not make any statement before the disciplinary hearing.

According to the eNCA website, the Wanderers Rugby Club has released a statement about an alleged racist incidents during and after a match against the Roodepoort Rugby Club.

“In a statement released on Saturday, the Wanderers Rugby Club claimed black players were racially abused during a match on 26 April. The club further claimed the referee failed to reprimand those involved,” reported eNCA.

The Wanderers Rugby Club charged that a player from Roodepoort, while shaking hands after the match, slapped a black player and then called him the K-word.

“It is further claimed that the white player’s father also punched and kicked the player when he was on the ground.”

Supporters as well as coaching staff then also got involved, the statement said.

When called for comment, Roodepoort Rugby Club President Roxy Roux said “we can’t give any information as we are awaiting for the Lions’ disciplinary committee.”

The West Rand-based club will comment on the matter once that process is finalised.

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