South Africa WITHDRAW their appeal against Rassie Erasmus’ ban for hour-long video criticising referee Nic Berry during the Lions tour – and the Springboks chief welcomes the news with a beer and a shot!
- Rassie Erasmus banned from rugby for 2 months and 10 months from matchdays
- The South Africa director of rugby released an hour-long video criticising referee Nic Berry after their first-Test defeat by the Lions in the summer
- South Africa have withdrawn their appeal and apologised to Berry
- Erasmus shared videos of him drinking at home as the news was announced
Rassie Erasmus officially withdrew his appeal challenging the ban he was handed for criticising referees during the Lions series – as he drank beer and shots.
Initially Erasmus, the South African director of rugby, and his union, did not accept his suspension; two months from all rugby and 10 months from matchdays, as a result of his hour-long video take-down of decisions made in the first Lions Test four months ago.
But in a statement they both agreed to drop the case once and for all, at last issuing, as they were required to do, an apology to referee Nic Berry.
Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has accepted his ban for criticising officials
‘SA Rugby and Rassie Erasmus wish to apologise to the match officials appointed to the first Test of the Springboks’ Series against the British & Irish Lions,’ read their 27-word apology.
‘This has been a highly stressful and charged environment with unusual pressures placed on all concerned and we have no wish to prolong that experience for anyone.
‘We have drawn a line under the incident and only wish to look forward. We will respect the outcomes of the hearing, allowing our national teams and rugby operations to plan with clarity for the coming months.’
Erasmus himself took to Twitter around the announcement. First he posted a video of a South African beer he was drinking, saying his ban would not be too bad, and then uploaded a second clip of two shots.
In it he drank one, but left the other and wrote in Xhosa: ‘Coach Rennie, this one (drink) is very cold and it’s waiting for you,’ and tagged in the Australian rugby Twitter account plus their CEO Andy Marinos.
That was a reference Wallabies boss Dave Rennie, who called the refereeing in his Wales defeat last weekend ‘horrendous’ after Nick Tompkins’ vital try was awarded. He thought the centre had knocked the ball on.