Schoolboy banned for racism
Pietermaritzburg - Voortrekker High School in KwaZulu-Natal has banned a rugby player found guilty of racial abuse in a first team match against Pinetown Boys High School on the weekend, as part of a concerted effort to combat unsportsmanlike conduct at high school rugby matches.
A brawl erupted following a spear tackle incident, which was followed by a racial taunt from a Voortrekker backline player. After reviewing evidence and consulting the referee in charge of the match the school has banned the boy involved from all rugby for the entire time that he is a pupil at Voortrekker.
"Voortrekker has for many years been known for the good, hard, clean rugby that we’ve played and this behaviour from coaches, players and parents will not be tolerated," said headmaster Jan Nel.
Nel has also vowed to make sure that the school communicates with its supporters on an ongoing basis to ensure that abuse from the sidelines, whether targeted at players or the referees and linespersons on duty, does not occur.