Official in court

2016-11-23 06:01

The case of alleged assault in which a Free State rugby match official is implicated, is set to be heard in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (24/11).

The 51-year-old man has reportedly been identified as one of the suspects who allegedly assaulted a fan after the Currie Cup semifinal match between the Cheetahs and the Golden Lions on 15 October at the Free State Stadium.

The victim, Isaac Molapo, was admitted to a hospital in Bloemfontein with severe bruises to his face and body.

Capt. Chaka Marope, Park Road Police Cluster spokesperson, said the official was arrested on 20 October. He said a case of assault had been opened by the victim.

Marope said investigation into the matter was underway, including the search for other suspects implicated in the battering.

Molapo was viciously attacked after an altercation over a rugby referee’s T-shirt he was wearing on the day of the semifinal fixture. He was allegedly attacked in full view of rugby supporters inside the premises of the stadium while in the company of his friends, on their way out to the gate in St Andrews Street.

Express reliably learnt the official has been suspended from rugby activities and was sidelined for the final between the Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls. He had held an influential position on the Free State Rugby Union’s referees committee.

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