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Jake White cleared of misconduct

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The South African Rugby Union’s (SARU) head of legal matters, Christo Ferreira, has concluded his investigation of the incident in a bar in Johannesburg last Thursday.

SARU had called for an investigation after allegations were made against the Springbok coach that he may have incited a third party to assault a journalist, Adnaan Mohammed, of Die Son.

These allegations were made by Andrew Koopman, the newspaper’s editor.

Mohammed had attended a press gathering at the bar.

Mohammed and White had a heated argument during which White criticised Mohammed’s “negative” coverage of the Springbpoks, and also held Mohammed responsible for an article printed in the Bloemfontein edition of Die Son.

Mohammed has since said he did not write the noted article.

Mohammed was then allegedly assaulted by a third party who he claimed had been an aquaintance of Jake White and had been with him at the bar – Colin Francke, a physiotherapist with the Mamelodi Sundowns football team.

Mohammed later said that while he could not say for sure that White had been behind the alleged assault, he did believe that he would not have been accosted if it had not been for his argument with White.

It was announced on Monday by SA Rugby’s Manager of National Teams Andy Marinos that Ferreira was conducting an investigation in which all the witnesses were to be interviewed, and a decision would be made whether White had breached the SARU Code of Conduct.

Ferreira has concluded that White did not act in breach of the code, and no further action will be taken against him.

Mohammed, meanwhile, is pressing charges of assault against Francke

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