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Racial slur mars school game


A racial storm has erupted in Western Province schools rugby after a team walked off the field due to alleged racial abuse.According to the IOL website, Wynberg Boys’ Under-16 team walked off during a match against Paarl Gymnasium over the weekend after the apparent use of the k-word directed towards one of their players.

 At some point a Paarl Gym boy allegedly also told a boy from Wynberg: “I will slap the coloured off your face.”

The alleged slurs continued into the second half when Wynberg decided to walk off the field, with Paarl Gym leading 33-0.

Wynberg Boys' principal Keith Richardson said he was pursuing the matter and was trying to get hold of the referee, who is said to have heard the racial slurs and done nothing to stop them.

 “I spoke to the Paarl Gym's headmaster and he hadn’t heard of the incident. I think there is more going around on social networks,” he said.

“We are trying to research the exact facts.”

Paarl Gymnasium's headmaster, Eddie Bateman, could not be reached for comment on Monday, nor could their head of rugby, Deon Gerber.

The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) said they are yet to receive a complaint or a report on the incident.


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