Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana striker Edward Manqele allegedly assaulted a fan,
leaving him unconscious in Kagiso, on the West Rand, the Sunday World
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Gauteng police spokesperson captain Disebo Selepe told
the paper a case had been opened, but no arrests had been made following
the December 26 attack.
The alleged victim, Tsepo Khumalo, told
the paper Manqele and his friends arrived at a house where Khumalo and
others were celebrating Christmas. Khumalo allegedly extended his hand
to the soccer player and greeted him by saying "Merry Christmas".
slapped me in the face and when I fell to the ground, he kicked me in
the body and then hit me with a bottle of Hennessy," Khumalo was quoted
as saying. The paper published a photo of his bruised face. His right
eye was swollen shut.
In a statement sent to the newspaper,
Manqele's agent Karabo Mathang Tshabuse confirmed the incident, yet gave
a different account.
"While entering his vehicle, [Manqele] was
confronted by an unknown man who presented himself as a physical threat
and used abusive language towards Edward.
"Manqele had no option
but to defend himself by walloping the man away from his vehicle,
fearing for his safety and the safety of his girlfriend and her friend
who were travelling with him."