Rugby

Rugby player in tears after racial abuse

2015-07-30 08:28

Cape Town - Following allegations of racial abuse in the Springboks-All Blacks Test at Ellis Park, a similar incident occurred in New Zealand at the weekend.

According to the New Zealand Herald, police have launched an investigation into racial abuse at a club game in Christchurch.

Christchurch Club wing Sake Aca was reportedly taunted to tears following a match against Lincoln University last Sunday.

The Fijian asked his coach to remove him from the field when spectators began yelling racial abuse at him.

Christchurch head coach Daniel O'Brien said several of his players had been abused throughout the game but Aca was very upset.

This comes after fans at the Ellis Park Test had also reported racial abuse as the Boks hosted the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship last Saturday.

One supporter said he had accompanied three friends from Namibia to the game, and said racist comments were directed to them by Afrikaans fans in the stands as well as in the toilets.

Another fan, 30-year old Daryl Lewis from Johannesburg, also described an alleged racist exchange in the toilets at Ellis Park.

“I went to the toilet at the end of half-time and the queues are obviously quite long. There are queues for the urinals and then for the cubicles,” Lewis told Sport24 on Wednesday.

“A security guard came in and he walked straight to the (urinal) trough. I think that he thought that the queue was for the cubicles so he just walked straight to a gap in-between two guys.

“This guy next to him grabbed him by the shoulder and pulled him back and he was like ‘What the fuck are you doing? There’s a queue here.’”

According to Lewis, the security guard tried to explain himself before he was met with more abuse.

“The guy told him that this isn’t the new South Africa, this is the old South Africa and he must fuck off out of here and he doesn’t have a place here,” continued Lewis.

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