Boucher says never any merit in racism allegations

Boucher says never any merit in racism allegations

Proteas coach Mark Boucher insists there was never any merit in the charges of racism levelled against him.

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Cricket South Africa on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of all charges against Boucher.

The former Proteas wicketkeeper faced several charges of racism emanating from a report by the Social Justice & Nation Building Commission.

The commission made adverse findings against Boucher and a formal disciplinary hearing was recommended to decide on his future.

But on Tuesday, cricket’s governing body admitted there is no basis to sustain any disciplinary complaint against Boucher.

This follows former cricketer Paul Adams's post on social media confirming that he will not testify at Boucher's disciplinary hearing.


“The allegations of racism which were levelled against me were unjustified and have caused me considerable hurt and anguish,” Boucher said in a statement.

“The last few months have been extremely difficult to endure for me and my family.  I am glad that the process has finally come to an end and that CSA has accepted that the charges against me are unsustainable.

Adams told the SJN hearings that Boucher had led a song with a derogatory nickname for him during fines meetings after matches. 

Boucher has since apologised to Adams.

“I stand by my apology to Paul given during the SJN process for the hurt he felt during his time as a Proteas player,” Boucher continued.

“As I stated in my affidavit to the SJN process, some of the things that were said and done in those days were totally inappropriate and unacceptable and in retrospect, understandably offensive.”

Boucher said he is happy to be able to focus his attention on coaching the national team. 

“I am proud to now be part of a team culture that is inclusive and whose objective is to be respectful to every person.”

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