Griquas player fined for brandishing old South African flag

Makazole Mapimpi of the Toyota Cheetahs during the Currie Cup match between Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Tafel Lager Griquas at Toyota Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Bloemfontein.
Makazole Mapimpi of the Toyota Cheetahs during the Currie Cup match between Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Tafel Lager Griquas at Toyota Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Bloemfontein.
Image: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images

An unnamed Griquas rugby player has been fined R10 000 and suspended for four games after an incident at a pre-season training camp earlier this month.

Initial reports said that the player‚ a white man‚ shoved the flag in the face of a black teammate. That was denied. Earlier this month Griquas president Jannie Louw confirmed to Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport‚ that the player had been brandishing an old SA flag.

A disciplinary hearing was held this week. Griquas said in a statement on Thursday: “After hearing evidence‚ the committee - consisting of Adv. JG van Niekerk and Adv. Thandisa Tyuthuza - was satisfied that there was proof that the player‚ although he had no intention to offend‚ acted in such a manner that it could probably have offended on the basis of race.”

The player was found guilty of breaching World Rugby’s regulations and has been banned for four matches‚ suspended for two years. Of the R10 000 fine‚ half it was suspended for two years.

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