Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala has
apologised to all foreign players plying their trade in South Africa and
announced the club will join an anti-xenophobia march on Thursday.
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In a press release published on the club's official website,
Tshabalala condemned the on-going violence against foreign nationals living in
South Africa and revealed they will be joining the march alongside the ANC,
SACP and COSATU on Thursday.
"This abhorrent conduct of discrimination needs to be
condemned with the contempt it deserves," he said.
"We have players thoroughly committed to playing for
various Premiership teams from all over Africa.
"We must make sure that they are protected and
celebrated by the same people killing innocent human beings.
"It will be a travesty of justice if we fold arms and
pretend not to see what is happening.
"I'm completely incensed and somehow perturbed looking
at how vultures destroy the fruits of liberation with some idiotic acts of
"I have personally addressed our foreign players,
apologising on behalf of South Africans for the killing of their brothers and
sisters and, consequent to that, inform them that they are still the most
integral part of this team and highly needed by the country at large.
"It is excruciatingly painful seeing people being
maimed and assaulted in a Kangaroo-court format and that brings sad memories of
the apartheid era.
"We must unite as a country and more especially soccer
loving family to educate and help in trying to curb this lunacy,"