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Venter charged after fan row

2010-05-14 07:36

London - Saracens director of rugby, and former South African centre Brendan Venter, was on Thursday charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game after being accused of pushing a female Leicester fan.

Venter was also charged with making inappropriate comments and gestures to spectators following his side's 32-23 Premiership win at Leicester on Saturday.

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said the club would mount "a vigorous defence, repudiating both charges against Venter".

In a club statement, Wray said: "I know Brendan well and it is simply inconceivable that a man of such outstanding qualities would act in this manner. We will take whatever action is necessary to protect Brendan's excellent reputation."

Chief executive Ed Griffiths was also unhappy that Venter had to sit amongst home supporters during Saturday's encounter at Welford Road, adding: "Brendan was put in an impossible situation at Leicester.

"Imagine Arsenal playing at Stamford Bridge, and Arsene Wenger being made to watch the game from a seat in the midst of passionate Chelsea season-ticket holders. It would not happen in football, yet that is exactly what happened on Saturday.

"Brendan did rise from his seat, but only because his view was restricted and he could not otherwise have followed play.

"Several Leicester supporters did complain and confront him, but it is a complete and total misrepresentation of the facts to suggest that Brendan pushed any Leicester supporter. This is simply not true.

"It is astonishing that the RFU has brought and publicised these charges after requesting statements only from Leicester supporters and stewards and so hearing only one side of the story.

"Brendan, a medical doctor, is rightly appalled that charges have been brought before anybody has even had the courtesy of speaking to him."

It is not the first time the 40-year-old has found himself in hot water with the authorities.

In January he was handed a suspended four-week ban for comments he made about referee David Rose after Sarries were defeated by the Tigers at Vicarage Road.

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Comments
  • robert barrie - 2010-05-14 08:37

    we know him here - like malema should go for some education in conduct - he is absolutely immature - always been

  • Scotty - 2010-05-14 08:55

    Appaling the jealousy is it not? Another example of a South African being targeted by Soutie media.

  • Ryno - 2010-05-14 08:55

    You can take the guy out of Bloemfontein, but you can't take Bloemfontein out of the guy ;->

  • THE VOICE - 2010-05-14 08:59

    Come on guys ... excellent rugby player, fiery and passionate personality and an explosive short fuse . That's how we know Brendan - certainly he has never been an angel. Thus let us wait for the facts ... though i will not be surprized if ....

  • Greg - 2010-05-14 09:11

    Stuff the poms Brendan , we know how good you are. Come home comming to think of if make the lions your new home. They can sure uses you.

  • Dave - 2010-05-14 09:16

    i take it Robert you were on the losing end of the stick? don't be a girl and take the loss like a man....

  • Steve - 2010-05-14 09:18

    Robert Barry, you're talking nonsense! In what capacity do you "know" Brendan Venter? From the comfort zone of your office-or TV chair, like the the idiot in the TV advert with "there is the tight five"? Do not make comments about any person if you do not have personal knowledge about such person's personality. Brendan is a great guy with a lot of passion for the game and success, and if this passion sometimes present itself in a way you do not prefer it doesn't mean he or she is "immature". The world needs passionate people, not professional, ignorant critics.

  • Notbrendan - 2010-05-14 09:24

    Eenmaal n Vrystater altyd n Vrystater. Bloody agent.

  • Albert Einstein - 2010-05-14 09:36

    English women should not be allowed in public places

  • DOC - 2010-05-14 09:48

    @robert Barrie are you a IDIOT!!! do you even know DOC, he is man with morels and to compare him to malema is insult. maybe you the immature one ion this whole thing...@ss

  • AH - 2010-05-14 09:57

    I've known Brendan for many years now and anybody that knows him will know this is absolute hogwash. All part of sour grapes and mind games after Sarries beat the Tigers at Welford Road and the premiership is its play-off stages with both Sarries and the Tigers in the semi-finals!

  • JustinD - 2010-05-14 11:55

    Moor hom Bredan moor hom!!!

  • Maka - 2010-05-14 16:43

    me thinks u have to be mature to become a medical Doc.... I used to live in Leceister, supporters are passionate, just like us Saffa's. He shouldn't have to sit amongst them, finished and klaar, would avoid these things happening.

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