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Williams left scarred by Cronje

2012-05-30 10:17

Cape Town - Henry Williams has said his involvement in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal in 2000 has left a "permanent scar".

Williams, 44, who played seven one-day internationals for South Africa, accepted around £10 000 from ex-captain Cronje to underperform against India in Nagpur in 2000.

Williams, who was banned for six months, told the BBC Radio 5 Live, "You can't forget things in life, it's left a permanent scar."

Cronje received a life ban for admitting to receiving £100 000 from bookmakers.

Former Proteas opener Herschelle Gibbs was given a six-month ban for his part in the scandal.

Cronje, who captained South Africa to 27 wins against only 11 losses in 53 Tests and won 99 of the 138 one-day internationals at the helm between 1994 and 2000, was the only passenger on a mail delivery flight which crashed into a mountain near his home town of George in bad weather on June 1, 2002. He was 32.

"He (Cronje) never said, 'Sorry for what I did to harm you', or anything," added Williams. "He's dead now and he still worries me.

"When they (acquaintances) sit with friends and have parties they will talk about it and say, 'There's that cheat walking'. You can feel people talking about you behind your back."

 

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Comments
  • tony.raffa.31 - 2012-05-30 10:29

    You accepted the money so stop blaming Hansie.You could have said no but you didnt and you took the money so please stop looking for a scapecoat.You were found guilty and unfortunately only given a six month ban it should have been a life ban.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-30 10:45

      And at no stage did Hansie use his position of power to intimidate Henry.. Hope Hansie burns in hell for using his postion to get okes to do as wants..

      Jed - 2012-05-30 11:02

      Stormkaap, don't be an idiot. Bribes where offered to more than just those players. The only 3 IDIOTS to accept got what the deserved. Gibbs, Williams and Boje.

      supermielie - 2012-05-30 12:02

      @ Stormkaap, hope you will be judged with less venom when you do something stupid or wrong. The guy did something wrong, he admitted it and was punished for it, that should be the end of it.

      Geoff - 2012-05-31 09:07

      I think you should blame the selectors because you were not good enough to play and therefore they put you in a position for Hansie to use you. At 44 it looks like someone is looking for a hand out!!!!

  • andrew.rutheford - 2012-05-30 10:30

    This is absolute BS. Nobody put a gun to your head and said cheat. Be a man Mr Williams!!!! And accept responsibility for your own actions

  • david.goliath.355 - 2012-05-30 10:31

    Did Hansie hold a gun to your head and force you to accept the money? I don't think so, stop blaming others for your greed.

  • Rob - 2012-05-30 10:32

    Hansie never forced you Henry. Your choice, live with it ! Pathetic.

  • tim.yagan - 2012-05-30 10:34

    What a loser! All Hansie did was give him a choice, and Henry chose to take the money. Who really cares about these idiots and their weak morals?

  • grove.smith.90 - 2012-05-30 10:35

    You accepted the money then you clown. You should be the one apologizing for taking bribes! Idiot, you are a cheat, so live with it!

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-30 10:36

    I am afraid there are no "good guys" in this sorry saga. Hansie was a cheat, as was Henry. It is not a case of "Hansie never apologised", that has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Henry accepted the bribe. The scars are self-inflicted.

  • Bob - 2012-05-30 10:37

    If you such a sensitive bloke and feel so bad, donate the 10,000 quid to a worthy charity, I agree with the rest on here, you are just looking for sympathy at the expense of Hansie.

  • Clara - 2012-05-30 10:45

    I agree with andrew.rutherford - pure nonsense -

  • andrewnorm - 2012-05-30 10:49

    Whateva 'cheat'. You took money to betray your country. Of course you're a cheater...

  • bfvillet - 2012-05-30 10:51

    you really think hansie did not hold a gun to their heads

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-05-31 08:34

      Hansie did not hold a gun to anyone's head! Cullinan, Symcox, Jonty, Shaun and Andrew Hudson opposed suggestions at diffirent times. Please research or get your facts straight!

  • stefan.debeer.5 - 2012-05-30 10:53

    Just get over yourself! Putting the blame on someone else, especially if that person can't defend himself, is cowardly! Grow a pair!

  • The-third - 2012-05-30 11:00

    I would not recognize you - even now, so would not say anything anyway... oh, and blaming someone else for your actions is pretty lame, dude.

  • Abie - 2012-05-30 11:06

    I'm sure Hansie uttered a .....or else.... and Henry had to choose between playing, carrying water bottles and bags or going home. Remember, Hansie had a lot of influence on who plays for the team and I heard rumours that a non white guy had a very slim change of playing in the team if he was seen as a problem.

  • vdwjasper - 2012-05-30 11:13

    Slow news day...where did they find this fellow now? But, what the heck, while we're at it. In my opinion all the sentences were as they should be. Hansie was the main culprit - that has been proven. He was the go-between and he was the manipulator. He abused his players and he abused the absolute trust we put in him. Finish and klaar. In the end he was just another greedy man who gave into temptation. What I do not understand is why perceptions have changed so much since then: Williams are unanimously branded a horrible, pathetic villain, but somehow, with every passing year Hansie's claim to sainthood has become stronger. Have we South Africans always been such hypocrites? To manipulate the words of the judge in the Spear case just a little: If it was Jacob Zuma who was found guilty of the same crimes, would you sympathize like you do?

  • Dawie - 2012-05-30 11:13

    You pathetic piece of Sh#t.........you sound like the government for blaming apartheid everytime things go wrong....... Here is the break down: you took the money cause you are a human being with greed in your vains. You did not play cricket in the big arena after that cause you were not good enough ( come to think of it Hansie did not need to offer you money) You blame Hansie cause you dont have a backbone to accept yourfailures and lack of character back then and now..........................You are right, you are a cheat, but not in cricket but in life.....................your trying to cheat your way out of resposabillity by blaming others

  • Sabiha - 2012-05-30 11:14

    oh plz put the past to rest , mistake done by Hansie and you and other guys agreed to cheat for the money ,plz dont make yourself look all innocent, Hansie is dead let him rest in peace,

  • edwardsch - 2012-05-30 11:14

    No one forced you to take the money. Quit whining and get over it. You got what you deserved. Grow up already!!!!!

  • Trav - 2012-05-30 11:14

    I think he's broke and is just trying to get back into the media in order to generate some additional income. Bet he's hoping that You or Huisgenoot will take the bait and offer him money to publish 'his side' of the story. Henry, we all make mistakes from time to time. I for one have already forgiven you, Hansie and Herschelle. At least, unlike the Aussie cheats, you lot had the b*lls to confess. But hey, if you want to drag that old worn-out shoe out of the cupboard once again, wear it if it fits. Just as long as you don't complain about the new hiding you'll be getting with it.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-30 11:21

    Hey Henri for one second i thought you are going to blame apartheid. You took a bribe you clown, blame yourselve !

  • Kitty - 2012-05-30 11:55

    As far as i know they never even got the money

  • Kitty - 2012-05-30 11:56

    As far as i know they never received any money.

  • Lynda - 2012-05-30 12:14

    Boo Hoo.......you cheated so what do you expect them to say

  • Anton - 2012-05-30 12:33

    Seems you are waitng for a bribe again Williams, go and get a job if you need money. Hansie is not here to defend himself. You are pathetic

  • Morne - 2012-05-30 14:21

    Those arent bad statistics for MY captain that was a cheat , RIP Hansie , ill have a cold 1 for the 10 year anniversery of your death on Friday!!!!!!!!!

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-05-30 21:37

      There is one small problem with all those stats - how many of them were a true, fair contest between teams playing at their best, and how many of them were bought by a bookie or three? Once you are caught taking a bribe everything you do must be measured against the fact that you can be bought and are a cheat. That is damage that Hansie did to cricket. It is a bit like watching WWF wrestling, you can usually guess that the result is pre-arranged. Sorry mate, Hansie's captaincy and playing stats should be expunged from the record books.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-05-30 20:20

    seems that you took a leave from the anc book. its never my fault, always somebody else. did hansie force the money into your wallet? must hansie also say sorry that you spend it???

  • johan.steyn.714 - 2012-05-30 22:38

    What is Williams complaining about. He was a crap player anyway. Hansie didn't put a gun to his head, Williams agreed. If they weren't caught, would he be complaining about Hansie? Gibbs was crucified by the press, I read his book and he didn't have a bad thing to say about one of the best captains in the world. RIP Hansie. We miss you.

  • Clarke - 2012-05-31 09:15

    Williams, you were a nobody on the cricket scene, stop trying to open up past cricket wounds for your own financial benefit..

  • Margie - 2012-05-31 09:30

    Please grow up and accept responsibility for your own actions. You could have said no to Hansie, but the easy money was just too much for you! Now you still want to blame someone else. Did he hold a revolver against your head? You could have gone to the authorities in stead of accepting. So look at your own character and your own actions. Be a man - or else you can do as the christians all do - blame the imaginary devil for your actions! But please do not expect us to be sorry for little old you who got caught doing something wrong and now wants to blame everyone but himself. GROW UP AND BE A MAN!!

  • Peter - 2012-05-31 09:51

    would you like some whine with that cheese,stop blaming everyone but yourself. I'm pretty fed up with all the hansie bashing,greatest captain we've ever had,made a mistake and admitted it unlike your sorry ass,little crying baby

  • Chris - 2012-06-02 11:47

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