England’s Tom Curry accused South African opponent Bongi Mbonambi of a racial assault throughout the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup semi-final win, it has been revealed.
The alleged incident happened half-an-hour into South Africa’s thrilling 16-15 win over the English on the Stade de France.
With England main 9-3, Curry approached referee Ben O’Keeffe to make the allegation.
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“Sir, Sir, if their hooker calls me a white c***, what do I do?” Curry could possibly be heard asking on the ref’s microphone.
O’Keeffe replied: “Nothing please.”
He is then heard to say “I will be on it” nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not that is in reference to the allegation or one thing else, given he doesn’t take any motion towards Mbonambi.
The alleged slur itself couldn’t be heard, solely Curry’s recollection of it.
Mbonambi refused to shake Curry’s hand after the match, and when the Englishman was requested if Mbonambi had stated one thing he shouldn’t have, replied “yeah”.
But he didn’t verify the main points and added “it does not need to be talked about”.
The 36-hour citing window from the ultimate whistle meant World Rugby had been unable to touch upon the allegation, with England capable of make a grievance throughout that interval.
South Africa forwards coach Deon Davids was requested in regards to the incident on Sunday and stated: “I’m not aware of that, I’m not aware of any comment, if it was discussed.
“I’m not sure what the comment was or when it was said. I don’t know.”
Mbonambi is the one specialist hooker in South Africa’s squad and dropping him to a suspension could be a significant blow heading into the World Cup closing towards New Zealand.
Source web site: www.foxsports.com.au