Bulls fan: I did it for Basson

2012-03-13 09:24

Pretoria - “I apologise to the Blue Bulls Company, the public, the fans and South Africa,” said the man who was arrested at Loftus Versfeld for throwing an energy drink bottle at Blues captain Keven Mealamu.

VIDEO: Johannes Nel throws water bottle at Keven Mealamu

VIDEO: Rene Ranger tackles Bjorn Basson

According to the IOL website, Johannes Nel, 54, a boilermaker from Welbekend, said he was not at Loftus to make trouble. He said he was a devoted Blue Bulls fan and was concerned that Bulls wing Bjorn Basson was injured after scoring a try in the dying minutes of the match, a match the Bulls ultimately lost 29-23.

Basson appeared hurt after he was tackled by Blues wing Rene Ranger, who has subsequently returned to New Zealand after he was yellow carded and banned for two weeks.

“My only concern was that Basson was all right,” Nel said.

He explained that he and some friends occupied seats on the east pavilion. “We were just about to leave, as it had started raining and there was about three minutes left of the game. This is when Basson scored and was injured. As I saw him lying on the field I panicked and thought he was hurt. I moved down and climbed over the barrier to see if he was all right,” he said.

Nel said he tapped Basson on the back and asked him if he was all right. At that stage someone had handed him (Basson) a bottle of water and he took a sip, turned around and said: “Ek is OK dankie, oom” (I am OK thank you, uncle.)

Nel said Basson then walked back onto the field and he noticed that he had left his water behind.

“I picked up the bottle, called his name, and as he looked around, I passed him his water. This is when it hit the Blues captain,” he said.

Nel said that looking back at what happened, he realised he had done wrong.

“I can understand why they reacted that way but I was not there to make trouble.”

Nel, who has been charged with common assault, was due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday, but according to the State prosecutor to whom the case was assigned, the case wasn’t placed on the roll.

The prosecutor explained that Nel’s docket was screened but not enrolled as it was up to the complainant to initiate further proceedings.

Nel was arrested at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday following the incident and was briefly detained at the Sunnyside police station.

Blue Bulls Company chief executive officer Barend van Graan said no decision had been made on whether Nel would be barred from visiting Loftus.

“We are waiting for the outcome of the court case and will take it from there,” he said.


  • Stan - 2012-03-13 09:34

    what an idiot!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 09:41

      No, transgender.

      Byron - 2012-03-13 11:51

      Haha love how trash have learnt to use a if the internet didnt have enough stupid people!! Blueballz and Bulls*#t u guys just reconfirm the amount trash that support the bullz... however, although u morons (including Nel and those foul mouthed tannies) make it seem like the whole of pretoria and Loftus is trash I know that not the case.... so stop giving pretoria and other decent bulls supporters a bad name.... get a job

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 12:02

      Byron, now I feel bad. Maggot.

      Ruan - 2012-03-13 12:14

      As they say Byron. The truth hurts. hahahahahaha

      pieterduplessis - 2012-03-13 15:52

      Let my think of that Italian cruise ship captain that "fell" in the life raft while his ship was sinking. Not implying that the Bulls are sinking (not yet), but the same funny excuse.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-13 09:38

    "I Know a little first aid, so I thought I could help......" - ok, BWHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA - and on a serious note - BWHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Guess what chaps, I know a little about neuro-surgery, anyone need an op? I can also fly jets a 'little', as well as transplant a heart a 'little' - that's my defence and I'm sticking with it!!! Only the Bulls would try to turn this chap into a hero.........role models is skaars in die noorde.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 09:58

      @Jaco, I can actually hear the voice of "Dr" Nel whispering into Bjorn's ear: "Your back, neck and shoulders could be f@rked for life, but have no fear...I am a boilermaker...."

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 10:09

      @Bluebird - Not only do I answer the voices, but I can channel the thoughts of said 'voices' as well....."Dr" Nel was singing the following as he ran onto the field to rescue Bjorn, "And I would do anything for love, I'd run right into hell and back....." (Just a pity for him HELL turned out to be Kevvie M)

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 10:17

      The one that tells her Pierre Spies is the real deal.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 10:21

      @Dozey - that voice will come only from the grave.....

      Ruan - 2012-03-13 12:15

      LMFGA. Lyk my breins is ook skaars in die noorde.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 12:39

      @Bluebird - Thank the Virgin active gods the Spies poster and challenge NO LONGER exists. There is a pretty little photo of Jaco Taute up now...along with a few other no-name members of the general population for their new campaign.

      Cliff - 2012-03-13 13:52

      Bulls Fans Are Bulls Fans -- Nuff Sed !!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:16

      @FAKE Saffa - if you want to impersonate me, please ensure that your ENGLISH is up to scratch...."But Newlands ARE worse"????? IS IS IS IS IS IS IS - get it right please. And now you will report my comments as is the norm......

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:31

      But I have to admit Newlands is even worse, the rubbish that walk around there recently scares me. Thanks for the correction.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 16:23

      @fake Saffa Am I quilty of malpractice now?

  • Koos - 2012-03-13 09:41

    Im a Bulls supporter but a tappit like this is giving us a bad name. Ban him for life from entering a stadium again!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 09:43

      Thank you! At last a TRUE Bulls fan speaking out against this cr@p. Chops like this should be banned regardless of where they are from and what union they support - giving gnomes like this a 'stamp of approval' will only encourage MORE of this hooliganism.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 09:54

      I also hate okes who give Bulls supporters a bad name.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 10:02

      And that coming from a one man Bulls public relations wrecking ball such as yourself @Dozey....?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 10:10

      Saffa, I'll be back in a bit. I just wet myself laughing at your response.

      Rhyno - 2012-03-13 11:31

      If all the bulls supporters were banned that gave their team a bad name, Loftus would have been empty years ago...

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 11:41

      Ja Rhyno, soos die Stormers trofee kas.

      Justin - 2012-03-13 15:48

      Anyone who says tappit is "leke" tappit "tjom"

  • Paul - 2012-03-13 09:50

    Commin bly commin!

      René - 2012-03-13 10:06

      @Paul, true, by the way, I wonder what happened to the guy in the Shark tank that tossed a full jug of beer at Stephan Donald when he was lining up a kick against the Sharks in Durban in 2010? Wonder if he was banned from all stadiums?

      Gert - 2012-03-13 10:28

      @Rene, onmoontlik. Dis net Bulle fans wat sulke goed aanvang. Alle Shark ondersteuners is engeltjies. En jy verbeel jou as jou hoor hoe die uittand WP/All Black supporters P**s skree langs die veld.

      Rene - 2012-03-13 10:35

      @Bloues, hulle gee die Nel ou hopeloos te veel publisiteit! Ek was al by meeste van die groot rugby stadia oor die wereld, die Poms is die ergste, die Frencies, imo, die beste. Maar almal het hulle! Maar die aanval op die Bulle, of dit nou 'n slegte ondersteuner is (hy verdien wat na hom toe kom), of 'n speler, ek het NIKS minder verwag nie.

      S - 2012-03-13 10:47

      @Bloues - kyk die video van die Nel insident wat op Youtube is, dan sal jy hoor hoe jou ma en sussie P**s skree. Dis blerrie disgusting. Kommin tappits.

      Gert - 2012-03-13 11:45

      "He explained that he and some friends occupied seats on the east pavilion." Volgens wat ek al gehoor het is Loftus se Oos Paviljoen maar berug vir die kreature wat daar gaan rugby kyk. Niks anders as Nuweland se ou staan paviljoen nie.

  • RockChick - 2012-03-13 09:56

    He have thrown the bottle at Morne Steyn for missing so many kicks right in front of the posts....

      René - 2012-03-13 10:02

      @RockChick, sure 'he have', a pity he missed!

      Marcel - 2012-03-13 13:47

      @rene: just like morne

  • Kevin - 2012-03-13 10:02

    East no more!!

  • Eben - 2012-03-13 10:07

    Wat noem mens n gazebo by loftus? 'n Tappid cover!

  • Francois - 2012-03-13 10:08


      Rene - 2012-03-13 10:15

      Nee Francois, Welbekend - lees mooi - alhoewel dit nie so 'wel bekend' is aan meeste mense nie.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 10:37

      Daar is nie veel wat wel bekend is vir ou Francois nie.

      S - 2012-03-13 10:51

      Jammer ouens, ons mense in die Kaap hoor net altyd van twee Pretoria voorstede: Waterkloof, waar tappits vermoor word, en Danville, waar die tappits vandaan kom. Die res is nie so Welbekend aan ons nie.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 11:03

      @Stirrer - I know a suburb called Lynwood (I think) - I attended a charity event there once at some restaurant/catering school plekkie. All I recall is the driver showing me 'Presleys' (some HUGE night club apparently) as we drove to the catering school place. Seemed like a pretty pleasant area though - No Blue houses, balls hanging from cars etc.

      Rene - 2012-03-13 11:10

      Listen, I'll be the first to admit, that the Bulls probably have the most 'colourful' bunch of supporters in the world. They (those ones) come from 2 parts of Pta, (I will not mention the areas), they dress funny, they walk funny, the women's hair are always short & permed (and coloured in 6 different shades), must be the drinking water - but anyway, they love their Bulls team just slightly different to other Bulls supporters.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:08

      The lowest of the lowest comes from Parow, Goodwood etc. Makes Danville look like Beverly Hills

  • Djim - 2012-03-13 11:03

    Mense se Loftus is die grootste enjin in die wereld, elke keer as die bulls score spring 50 000 tappets op en af.

      Djim - 2012-03-13 11:14

      @BlueRaven waarheid maak seer ne tappit, gaan sercice jou enjin en los die internet vir gentelman.

      Koos - 2012-03-13 13:05

      hahahaha djimbie what a d.0.0.s you are

      Sean - 2012-03-13 22:15


  • Wiehahn - 2012-03-13 11:13

    Dis nogal skreeu snaaks, is oom 'n medic? Gaan oom altyd op die veld as iemand seerkry? As Bjorn terug was op die veld moet hy in any case nie sy bottel by hom hê nie... Oom het seker daarna 'Liefling' uit volle bors gesing. Thanx for the laughter in any case!

  • Christie - 2012-03-13 11:20

    Hoe gesuip was hy? Wie gaan op die veld en vra 'n speler of hy oraait is? En daar is tog genoeg personeel langs die veld om waterbottels op te tel!

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-03-13 11:20

    Basson gets his boyfriend to fight his battles for him. hahahahah

  • Christie - 2012-03-13 11:26

    And he has nothing to say about: "The Bulls have also confirmed that Nel was initially caught by a security guard as he climbed over the fence, but as they fell to the ground he “kicked the security guard in the face” and escaped his grip, allowing him to clamber over the security barricade."

  • Louis - 2012-03-13 11:29

    Ja Nel en my ouma is n maagd.....duh dis maar net die klippies en cola wat hier agter jou ore geskree het om vir Basson te gaan help nê..

      Ross - 2012-03-13 12:07

      Goeie genade Bulldozer - jy bewys net hoe kommin julle is met so reply. Mense haat nie die Bulls nie, hulle haat die Bulls ondersteuners - en steeds dink ek as die spelers sulke comments moet lees, skaam hulle hulself dood vir mense soos Nel en jy!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 12:10

      Ek is my pa (Mnr.Nel) se laaitie.

      Koos - 2012-03-13 13:07

      Ross en kommin is jy om een persoon as "julle" te sien. Asb moet nie almal onder een kam skeer nie

      Wiehahn - 2012-03-13 13:40

      @ Bulldozer - Wat maak jy op die internet, loop gooi vir jou pa nog 'n klippies!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 13:45

      Wiehahn, my pa se bottel staan langs hom.

      Wiehahn - 2012-03-13 14:07

      Bulldozer, jy is funny pel, dankie vir die lag, niks fout darmee nie

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 14:18

      Dankie Wiehahn, maar dis nie my bedoeling om snaaks te wees nie.

  • David - 2012-03-13 12:52

    His story is either true or the ANC need to hire this oke. What a spin doctor he'd be for them

  • riaanleroux25 - 2012-03-13 13:00

    so n rukkie terug het loftus fans groen lasers in pat lambie se oe geskyn... lekker daspoort

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 13:26

      Kom jy van Daspoort af.

  • Stephen - 2012-03-13 13:06

    Well done Johannes Gideon Nel. You just made the Bulls, who you claim to support, the embarrassment of world rugby. Who needs enemies when they have 'fans' like you?! You have also embarrassed every South African on the global stage.

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-03-13 13:07

    ..what a dweep!

  • justin.wimbush1 - 2012-03-13 13:14

    What a bone-head dumb dutchman! Afrikaners & particularly Blue Bulls fans are an embarrassment to SA. I live overseas & simply cringe when I see I see these "missing" links!!

      Dirk - 2012-03-13 13:57

      Se die okie met 'n serpie om sy nekkie. Sounds to me that you feel threatened and intimidated in the presence of Afrikaners and Bulls supporters. Not our problem wimp...bush. - 2012-03-15 10:11

      justin you are also an embarrassment to the english people you see? i see i see....

  • legndkilla - 2012-03-13 13:18

    does that supporter expect us mindfull people to believ that load of bulltwang, i threw his water bottle back bwa ha ha ha ha.... because of one idiot we are now branded a bunch of hooligans....

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 13:28

      Name one legend you've killed. You can't even kill a mosquito, plank.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-13 13:22

    Great security at Loftus...So I climbed over the barrier to check if Basson was ok... Loftus should a 10m high electric fence around the field with those brandy fueled idiots who support them

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 13:28

      It must suck to watch Super rugby and not have a team to support. Idiot.

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-13 13:33

      I'd be to embarressed to support the Bulls, played and supported at Loftus and I would not wish it on my worst enemy. bunch of clueless idiots

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 13:45

      Lots of cups though.

  • Theprodigy - 2012-03-13 13:23

    you are a F***g idiot, grow a brain !!!!!

  • Deon - 2012-03-13 13:24

    The boilermaker was boiling over as the Bulls had no plan B when Steyn missed too many?

  • luthorj - 2012-03-13 14:26

    Haters gonna hate... Jeesh this is funny. Don't attack the Bulls, or Steyn because of an idiot fan. You Blue-Bull haters try to jump on any story involving the THREE TIMES Super Rugby champions, and turn it into an attack on the team. Pity YOUR teams have done sweet F-A as far as Super Rugby silverware is concerned... So, until the Sharkies and Stormertjies actually win the trophy... learn to shut up.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:02

    Well done, don't come think you cheese here at Loftus. You'll get hurt

  • Neiel - 2012-03-14 07:58

    I wonder if Mr Nel as bought the new pink bulls jersey for his bar ? I can laaik for the pank one.

  • Jco - 2012-03-14 11:37

    Staying in New Zealand I was reminded yesterday by a KIWI that it was a KIWI who bomb the Springboks and All Blacks with flour bombs from a plane in 1981. This happened in New Zealand.

      Phil - 2012-03-14 12:12

      Is there a point buried in there somewhere Jco? If there is ...spit it out

  • Rudi - 2012-03-14 12:16

    I can't remember the last time I went to Loftus without throwing someone with a bottle. I don't care I'll throw a bottle at anyone, bulls, blues, canes, saders, Joost, Obama, Oprah, even a baby. I dont care. Thats how we roll.

  • Kobus - 2012-03-15 09:14

    My Oom, was daar 'n Karatewatertjie in daai Boere-Energade bottel ou Bul??

  • - 2012-03-15 10:32

    I think Johannes Nel did not intentionally throw Mealamu in the back. If it was intentionally he would have rather aimed it at the ref who did not give the usual penalty after a yellow card. This said i do not condone spectators who interfere on the field. I can also understand that emotions of spectators in South Africa are boiling over because of inconsistent refereeing and ZANZAR decisions.

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