Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bok coach disg-RACE

Racism by any other name is still..er, racism. Note date and time folks, this is one for the record books. It may be the first and only time that a non-white in South Africa is pulled up to answer for racist remarks. Slowly - but surely - the tide is turning and it won't be only whites that will need to mind their words in the future. I say fire the twat AA appointee, he's obsessed with race and is a disgrace to the Springbok name.

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Peter de Villiers versus the Springboks


By Jan de Koning (Rugby365.com)

Colourful and often controversial Springbok coach Peter de Villiers will be hauled on the carpet by his employers to answer the racial remarks he made at a media conference last week.


The announcement, that De Villiers has been 'cited' to appear before South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins, came in the wake of the Springboks' series-clinching 28-25 Test win over the British and Irish Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.

SARU issued a brief statement, saying that "the management committee of SARU was on Friday mandated by Hoskins to meet with De Villiers" to discuss recent statements attributed to him.

"The management committee was unanimous in its concern over the racial connotations used by de Villiers in discussing the performance of scrumhalf Ricky Januarie," the statement concluded.

It also follows De Villiers' outlandish reaction at a media briefing after the Boks' victory in Pretoria, in which he suggested flank Schalk Burger should not have been yellow carded for the offence that saw him being sin-binned in the first minute of the Test at Loftus Versfeld.

Two Bok players - Burger and Bakkies Botha - were subsequently cited for foul play and will appear before a judicial hearing on Sunday.

Burger was cited for an act contrary to good sportsmanship – Law 10.4 (l) – by allegedly attacking the eyes of Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald in the first minute of the Test. Burger was yellow carded by French referee Christophe Berdos for the offence.

Botha was cited under Law 10.4 (g) for dangerous charging in the fourth minute of the second half on Lions prop Adam Jones.

De Villiers has become increasingly unpopular in the media over his outrageous statements and indignant reaction to questions from journalists at press briefings.

However, it was De Villiers' remark, at a media conference last Monday, which left journalists aghast, that has now landed him in hot water.

It came just two days after the 26-21 first Test victory in Durban - when media questioned De Villiers' decision to replace an inform scrumhalf Fourie du Preez with an out-of-form Januarie.

With his team leading 26-7 De Villiers cleared his bench, which saw the Lions score two late tries to close the gap to 21-26 and the Boks hanging on in desperation at the end.

De Villiers initially suggested that he wanted to "inject pace" into the game in Durban, but when he was questioned why Januarie was brought on for Du Preez, he stunned the media with his reaction.

"I'm not concerned about his form, he may have made a blunder but so did a few other players," he said.

"What I learned in South Africa is, if you take your car to a garage and the owner is black or a black man, and they mess it up, you never go back to that garage.

"If the owner is white, you say ag, sorry, they made a mistake and you go back again. This is how some people live their lives in this country."

It is this inference that those who questioned his decision to bring January on were racist that has now landed the Bok coach in trouble.

De Villiers has a history of outlandish, bizarre and contradictory behaviour with the media, which began on the first day he was appointed.

Hoskins said - at the announcement of De Villiers' appointment in January last year - that "issues other than rugby" had been factors in the selection of De Villiers, intimating that his racial make-up had played a role.

De Villiers immediately denied this, saying he did not want to be seen as a "black coach".

However, he has a history of pulling the race card on journalists.

He has, on occasion, accused a black rugby writer of not knowing whether he was "black or white", and it is well known that De Villiers and another black writer have had an ongoing disagreement over what the coach feels is a "conspiracy" to get rid of him.

2 Opinion(s):

Vanilla Ice said...

You can fuck over the whites in South Africa, because the libbies think we deserve it. But when you start to accuse ALL whites of racism, you are heading for a fall.

Vince R said...

It shows you how great the boks really are that they can still win against top teams whilst dragging a millstone like coach de villiers around their necks.