Race Insult: Apologies made to school rugby ref

2008-05-19 00:00

The recent incident involving alleged racial abuse directed at referee Kamal Rugbar at the Hilton rugby match against Durban High School (DHS), which almost led to the game being abandoned, has been amicably resolved.

Steve la Marque, vice chairman of the local referees’ society, said that an apology for abuse directed at Rugbar was received from a DHS coach.

Rugbar lodged a complaint with the referees’ committee following the torrent of abuse directed at him by DHS supporters after they believed he wrongly awarded Hilton the conversion of a try that would have given the hosts the lead.

La Marque said the person who uttered the alleged racial slur could not be identified, although it came from among the DHS supporters.

All schools will receive a letter from the Maritzburg Referees’ Sub-Society requesting that their supporters’ behaviour at rugby matches be controlled and acceptable.

La Marque added that the number of referees at the society is dwindling and it is imperative that criticism of a referee’s decision is not made by players, coaches or supporters during a match.

“If a referee is approached after the match and asked about a specific incident, this can be discussed amicably.

“It is important to remember that if there is no referee, there will be no game,” La Marque said.

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