Crusaders 'bemused' by allegations
April 7, 2012
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder will demand an apology if the allegations are unproven © Getty Images
The Crusaders have denied allegations of eye-gouging made by the Bulls.
Bulls forwards Chiliboy Ralepelle and Flip van der Merwe reported to referee Jaco Peyper they had been gouged during the Bulls' 32-30 victory in Pretoria on Saturday. A citing commissioner is set to investigate the allegations.
Bulls captain Pierre Spies confirmed that his players had made allegations, saying: "Flip came to me and told me there was another one ... so I told Jaco that and that was a white card. We will have to see what happens.''
After the match, Crusaders captain Kieran Read said: "Our men are not the type of men to do that sort of thing. They (the citing commissioner) will look at it and see what it was. And the decision will be made from there.''
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said: "Personally I am really bemused by them (the allegations). An allegation is an allegation. An allegation has obviously been made and if it is incorrect I will be expecting an apology. Otherwise anyone can make an allegation. If something like that did happen I would be very disappointed but I know our players aren't like that.''
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