Lions coach Leon Boshoff was found not guilty on Wednesday on charges of alleged racial remarks against players in the team in the aftermath of the 56-18 drubbing against the Stormers ten days ago on the grounds that the allegations could not be substantiated.
However, the disciplinary hearing at the offices of the Lions Rugby Union found Boshoff guilty regarding abusive language used against the players and he was issued with a written warning.
He reportedly criticised two black Lions, utility back Earl Rose and Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka, during a review of the Cape Town defeat.
Boshoff and the GLRU then agreed that the forward coach be relieved from his contractual obligations with immediate effect “in the interests of the GLRU and the team.” The full GLRU media release reads as follows:
“A disciplinary hearing regarding the charges against Mr. Leon Boshoff relating to the alleged racial remarks and abusive language was conducted at the offices of the Golden Lions Rugby Union on Wednesday, 25 March 2009.
“The outcome of the enquiry is as follows:
1. After thorough investigation, the allegations of racial remarks could not be substantiated, and Mr. Boshoff was subsequently found not guilty.
2. Regarding the charge of abusive language, Mr. Boshoff was found guilty and was issued with a written warning.
“In the best interest of the Golden Lions Rugby Union and the team, both parties have agreed to relieve Mr. Boshoff with immediate effect from his contractual obligations, and will not be making use of his services going forward.
“The Golden Lions Rugby Union now consider the matter closed, and will not comment further.”
Boshoff’s legal representative, Bertie Grobbelaar, on Wednesday disputed the union’s version of events.
Grobbelaar said: “As far as the charge of abusive language is concerned, Boshoff was only found guilty on a lesser count, namely that of inappropriate language.
“As far as we are concerned there is a big difference between abusive and inappropriate language and we demand that the Golden Lions Rugby Union issue a correction on this matter.”
The Lions bounced back last week with an unexpected 25-17 victory over the Brumbies, but remain second last on the southern hemisphere championship table after six rounds.
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