Baroka refute racism claims

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Baroka have admitted that the chaotic incidents which took place at New Peter Mokaba Stadium during and after their match against Cape Town City were unfortunate, but have denied racism claims.

According to IOL Sports, the Bakgaga technical bench made comments such as “you coloureds think this is Cape Town. This is not Cape Town” before following it up with “you coloureds think you can do something here”

This alleged incident was a result of a reckless tackle on Bradley Ralani by Baroka defender Basil Mphahlele which left the City forward bleeding.

Tempters flared up as the Citizens bench reacted, which resulted in a heated exchange between the players and staff of both clubs. The incident went further into the tunnel with some provocations.

Baroka team manager Richard Mashabane tells FARPost the club have made an internal investigation on the matter.

“We did see the exchange between the two benches which of course was unfortunate,” said Mashabane.

“But at the same time we have done our investigations within the team and we can safely say there were no such words uttered by our bench. Football is a game of emotions, but Cape Town City remain our brothers and we respect each other.

“We are a club with high morals and we believe in Ubuntu, no matter how much we battle on the field, we would never allow any of our members to disrespect our opponents, let alone racist remarks,” he said.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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