Leinster pair off hook on racism charges

LEINSTER duo Steven Sykes and Heinke van der Merwe appear to have been exonerated of claims they racially abused Northampton prop Brian Mujati during the friendly at Donnybrook on Friday.

Zimbabewan Mujati wrote on his Twitter account that the South African duo called him “a baboon” during scrums, but a Leinster statement claimed an exchange between Sykes and van der Merwe had been misinterpreted.

The statement read: “Following the allegations made by a Northampton Saints player, Leinster Rugby acknowledge there was an exchange during the match between two Leinster players which was misinterpreted.

“It was regrettable that any offence was caused. Both clubs have agreed that the matter is now closed and will now focus on preparing for their respective league campaigns.”

Mujati had tweeted after the game: “Steven Sykes and Heinke van der Merwe were calling me a baboon during the scrums last night. Racism is still alive and things don’t change.”

He followed with: “The guy then tries to shake my hand after the game. Naturally I kindly told him to fuck off. I wish them all the best with their careers. I was shocked by how blatant they were being and to think I actually thought I knew Heinke from back in the Lions days.”

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