SACS have said that the Primrose U15A player who claimed foul play in a weekend match was ‘legally cleaned’.
They went further to say the player, Imran Fredericks (14), was guilty of serious foul play in the lead up to the incident.
In a text message to keo.co.za, SACS coach Grant Ball said video evidence will show Fredericks eye-gouging their player before he was legally cleaned. He called reports that were circulating in the press, in which Fredericks and Primrose officials claim their player was stomped on, ‘crap’.
Fredericks left the field with a broken nose, cut eye, mild concussion, bruises and swelling. Fredericks was taken to City Park Hospital after leaving the field and then lodged a complaint of assault at Claremont police station on Sunday. However, he was told that the WPRU would have to deal with the case first as it involved two minors during an organised rugby game.
WP general manager of youth rugby Theo Kleynhans confirmed the union will start with their investigation this week.
‘We are aware of the incident and we will investigate the matter,’ Kleyhans told keo.co.za on Monday. ‘But we will have to get the full story from both sides. We can’t just react after hearing things from one team. We will also see if we can get proper evidence, like video recordings and eye witnesses.’
Kleynhans added that foul play wasn’t a major problem in WP junior rugby.
‘This is a rare incident and it will be sorted out. We had a matter last season where a boy hit a referee but that was dealt with accordingly. I wouldn’t say there is a problem with discipline in junior rugby in the WP region.’