Boshoff cleared of racism

Leon Boshoff has been found not guilty of making racist remarks but will not continue in his role at the Lions.

The former Lions’ forwards coach was suspended last Monday for his comments at a video session in the wake of the 56-18 hiding at the hands of the Stormers. While a disciplinary hearing found him innocent of a racial slur, he will not continue in his role with the team, but will continue to receive his salary until the end of the year.

The alleged racist comments were reported by Earl Rose, whose father – Enver – subsequently contacted Springbok coach Peter de Villiers to get involved in the matter.

After being cleared of racism, Boshoff was found guilty on the charge of using abusive language and was issued with a written warning.

‘After thorough investigation, the allegations of racial remarks could not be substantiated, and Mr Boshoff was found not guilty,’ said a statement released by the union.

‘In the best interests of the team and the Golden Lions Rugby Union, both parties have agreed to relieve Mr Boshoff from his contractual obligations with immediate effect, and will not be using his services going forward,’ continued the statement.

The union would not comment further.