Cape Town - Western Province Rugby have
accused Aerios, the company at the centre of an advertising rights dispute with
them, of making “pejorative, defamatory remarks against individuals” at
READ: Aerios 'fighting WP Rugby monsters'
This follows an interview given to Sport24
late last week by Costas Constantinou, chief executive of the advertising sales
firm, in which he described provisional liquidation of the commercial arm, WP
Rugby (Pty) Ltd - announced by WPRFU president Thelo Wakefield in early
November - as a “fraudulent plot” to get out of agreements with Aerios.
Constantinou’s company have been claiming
R72 million from WP Rugby over sponsorship agreements allegedly broken by them,
saying they went behind their backs in negotiating directly with advertisers
They will oppose the final liquidation in
the Cape High Court, scheduled for December 12.
Among other things, Constantinou accused WP
Rugby CEO Paul Zacks of “being out to obstruct ... he has done nothing to resolve
the situation” and Wakefield of “thinking he owns everything ... he thinks the
buck stops with him”.
He said he felt like “one guy fighting
WP Rugby did not initially reply over the
weekend to allegations made by Constantinou in the interview, but on Tuesday
sent Sport24 the following statement from Zacks: “Given our interactions with
Aerios over the recent past, it comes as little surprise that their
representatives have chosen to present pejorative, defamatory remarks against
individuals in public.
“It is, however, particularly disappointing
to see such comments in the public domain at this time, especially given the
numerous efforts Western Province Rugby made to engage with Aerios to resolve
these issues, with Aerios simply pursuing commercial advantage at every turn.
“The recent statements and claims put
forward by Aerios in the media, in an unfounded public relations offensive
which is clearly an attempt to justify their actions over the past year in
particular, contain a number of factual inaccuracies.
“As this matter is sub judice, the true
facts and circumstances in relation to the disputes put up by Aerios will be
dealt with formally and on affidavit by way of the legal process on Monday,
December 12, 2016.”
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