Rugby trio willing to continue working together - Supersport

Rugby trio willing to continue working together - Supersport

The meeting follows an unprecedented incident on Saturday, during which Ashwin Willemse walked off set during a live broadcast.

Ashwin Willemse
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Supersport says three of its rugby analysts are still willing to work together, but that it needs more information before deciding on what steps to take regarding Saturday's incident.


Willemse, an analyst and former Springbok winger, walked off set during a live broadcast, accusing fellow commentators Nick Mallet and Naas Botha of undermining him.


"The positive thing that came out of this discussion was that everyone was courteous," Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawela told reporters on Monday night. "We didn't pick up that the people are people that can't work together.

Mawela was flanked by Supersport CEO Gideon Khobane, who insisted neither of the three are at risk of losing their jobs at this stage.


"We are not casting any sort of aspersions on anybody to say 'this person is right, this person is wrong', because that is not fair," says Khobane.


The paid channel earlier confirmed it was investigating the incident.


The public spat came as the trio were reviewing a match in which the Lions defeated the Brumbies 42-24 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.


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Asked to comment on the game, Willemse said he cannot work with people who undermine other people.


He also spoke of being called a "quota" Springbok, referring to a defunct system that ensured a certain number of black players were chosen for national teams.


Willemse added on air that he "refused to be patronised by two individuals who played in an apartheid/segregated era."


Supersport was unable to say when its investigation might conclude.

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