Leinster close racism row case
August 29, 2011
Mujati alleged that he was on the receving end of racist comments © Getty Images
Leinster have put Northampton prop Brian Mujati's allegations of racism by two of their players down to a misinterpretation and have announced that the matter is now "closed".
Mujati, 26, made the claims via his Twitter account yesterday in the aftermath of Friday`s friendly between the two clubs claiming he had been called a "babboon." Reports suggest Heinke van der Merwe and lock Steven Sykes, the two players named by Mujati, denied the allegations. Mujati later deleted his postings.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Irish club said: "Following the allegations made by a Northampton Saints player in the aftermath of Friday night's friendly between Leinster Rugby and Northampton Saints, Leinster Rugby acknowledge that there was an exchange during the match between two Leinster players which was misinterpreted.
"It was regrettable that any offence was caused. Both clubs have agreed that the matter is now closed and will now focus on preparing for their respective league campaigns."
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