Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Springboks angry over display of old SA flags

By Tarryn Le Chat
28 November 2006

Springbok management and players lashed out over the display of the old South African flag by supporters during the two Tests against England at Twickenham.

The flags were on sale outside Twickenham on Saturday for 5 pounds (about R68), and their appearance in the crowd drew criticism from many at the game, including golfer Ernie Els.

Team manager Zola Yeye said: “It is disgusting that these people are displaying such unpatriotic behaviour in the name of the Springboks.

Captain John Smit said the episode was embarrassing to the players. Smit said the players are representing South Africa – the new South Africa – and those people came to the stadium to insult all 44 million South Africans in the Springbok’s name.

The springboks have distanced themselves totally from such mischief. Smit says they are proud of the new flag, the anthem and the country.

Yeye reminded fans that the Boks were now free to tour anywhere precisely because of the new order in South Africa.

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