The Bulls narrow victory over the Crusaders on Saturday night has been plunged into controversy as the result of an ongoing war of words between the two camps. The subject of the dispute is two allegations of eye gouging, made by Bulls players on either side of half time.
Hooker Chilliboy Ralepelle and lock Flip van der Merwe both had cause to complain to referee Jaco Peyper during the course of the game, with the official opting to use his white card to request a review of the video footage, since he had seen nothing. So incensed was Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder at these allegations that he immediately hit back, via various media channels, demanding an apology from the Bulls should the allegations prove to be unfounded.
As it turns out, this is exactly what has happened, with citing commissioner Freek Burger unable to find any evidence in the match footage to substantiate the claims. The Bulls, however, have opted to stand their ground, with High-Performance Manager Ian Schwartz insisting no apology is owed, or will be made.
“I just want to say that our players’ integrity is just as important to us, as the Crusaders’ players integrity is to them. I feel the players will not make unfounded accusations unless something has happened,” Schwartz told SuperSport.com in defending the decision not to issue an apology to the Crusaders.Tweet