March 1, 2024

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World Rugby has banned Mobonambi from playing in the final after he was accused of racist abuse by an Englishman.

During the semi-final between England and South Africa, Tom Curry accused Springbok Mpongeni Mobonambi of calling him a “white bastard”.
An investigation has been launched by World Rugby.
In a press release, he finally deemed there were “insufficient resources to initiate proceedings.”

The case for World Rugby is over. An investigation was launched by World Rugby after England's Tom Curry made allegations against his opponent Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa during the semi-final between the two teams. Two days before the final, she judged “At this time there is insufficient evidence to prosecute.”

Disappointment of the British Confederation

During a tense semi-final between XV de la Rose and the Springboks, The Lateral The Englishman complained to the referee about comments Mbongeni Mbonambi allegedly made against him. According to him, he will treat him as such “Whites*****”. As a result, the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the English rugby union body, contacted rugby officials, arguing that its player had been victimized. “Same Player's Same Shame” During England's defeat against South Africa in November 2022.

World Rugby's allegations were well taken into account, it confirmed in its press release “Any allegation of discrimination is taken very seriously.”. However, for now, “All available evidence including match footage, audio recordings and testimony from both teams”, do not make it possible to support one or the other of the two versions of the difference between the two players. So no holds barred against the South African hooker, who can defend his world title against him. All blacksIn the final, this October 28.

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World Rugby also noted the allegations made by Tom Curry “In good faith”. “There is no suggestion that these allegations were deliberately false or malicious.”, the court insisted, though the player could have been charged. Like Mbongeni Mbonambi, he was also subjected to internet harassment following media coverage of the matter, which was strongly condemned by World Rugby.

For its part, the English Rugby Union has said that “Extremely disappointed with World Rugby's decision” The matter should not be brought before an independent disciplinary commission. “The RFU joins the England team in condemning hateful comments on social media directed at Tom (Curry) and his family after he dared to speak out against unacceptable behavior on the rugby field, as in everyday life.”And the federation pointed out.


Aurelie Locke