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Golden Lions give 'racist' Boshoff the boot

By unknown | Mar 26, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

The relationship between the Lions and Leon Boshoff ended yesterday after the Golden Lions Rugby Union relieved him of his duties after a disciplinary hearing.

Boshoff, who was the team's forwards' coach, was hauled over the coals regarding charges relating to alleged racial remarks and abusive language he made to prop Lawrence Sephaka and fly-half Earl Rose a fortnight ago.

Boshoff, however, was not found guilty on charges of racial remarks as they could not be substantiated.

But he was found guilty on the charge of abusive language and was issued with a written warning.

The two parties, however, agreed to sever ties.

"In the best interest of the Golden Lions Rugby Union and the team, both parties have agreed to relieve Mr Boshoff with immediate effect from his contractual obligations, and will not be making use of his services going forward," said the union.

The union added that it considered the matter closed and will not comment further about it.

Boshoff's alleged remarks were condemned by the outspoken chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on sport and recreation Butana Komphela last week.

He called for his immediate expulsion.

Komphela could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Boshoff is alleged to have told Sephaka and Rose that "their skin colour could save them from being sacked for poor performance".

He was ostensibly infuriated after the Lions lost 18-56 to the Stormers at Newlands on March 14.


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