South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi is reportedly free to play in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup closing regardless of an ongoing investigation into his conduct. Mbonambi was accused by Tom Curry of utilizing a racial slur throughout England’s semi-final defeat by the Springboks final Saturday.
England flanker Curry accused Mbonambi of calling him a “white c***” throughout South Africa’s 16-15 victory over England final weekend. World Rugby has confirmed it’s investigating the allegations.
The governing physique says it takes reviews of discriminatory behaviour “extraordinarily critically” and can look into the claims. Regardless of that, South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber will apparently have Mbonambi accessible for Saturday’s showdown with New Zealand.
The 32-year-old is free to play for South Africa regardless of the continued investigation into an alleged racial slur. An end result into the probe will not be anticipated till after Saturday’s conflict.
An announcement by World Rugby mentioned: “World Rugby takes allegations of discriminatory behaviour extraordinarily critically.
“We will verify that we’re formally reviewing the allegation made by England’s Tom Curry in relation to using discriminatory language in the course of the England versus South Africa Rugby World Cup 2023 semi-final on Saturday.
“World Rugby is not going to be making any additional remark till the conclusion of the method.”
Curry was heard repeating the alleged phrase to referee Ben O’Keeffe and asking what to do. The microphone picked up the England star saying: “Sir, sir, if their hooker calls me a white c***, what do I do?”
O’Keeffe replied: “Nothing, please.”
There was then an altercation between Curry and Mbonambi after the match, with the pair seemingly not shaking palms. Some followers imagine Mbonambi was talking Afrikaans and saying ‘wit kant’, that means ‘white facet’.
The English Rugby Soccer Union has reported the incident, prompting the investigation by World Rugby. Curry has since obtained abuse on social media, together with loss of life threats. The 25-year-old’s membership, Sale Sharks, have condemned the abuse.
They mentioned: “Sale Sharks’ house owners, gamers, coaches and workers are completely appalled by the character and stage of disgusting abuse directed at Tom Curry and his household in relation to an incident within the England v South Africa World Cup semi-final.
“Everybody on the membership stands totally and proudly behind Tom and we stay up for welcoming him again to Carrington.”
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