Rugby World Cup: South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth accused of racial abuse
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The Eben Etzebeth of south Africa will face Italy at the World Cup despite being accused of racial and physical abuse.
The lock, 27, faces a man at a restaurant in Langebaan and legal proceedings over allegations in August.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will process the Equality Court on Friday to ask it to listen to what amounts to a civil situation.
Etzebeth stays together with the South Africa squad and has denied any wrongdoing.
After the incident, Etzebeth explained:It is totally untrue and delusional to assert that I physically or racially abused anyone in Langebaan. A number of witnesses can corroborate that.
South African Rugby said on Thursday its commitment as agood corporate citizen could see it abide by the jurisdiction of the Equality Court and confirmed it had begun aninternal process within the situation.
Wednesdays announcement by the SAHRC about among the primary players of South Africa arrived two weeks before a vital match for the Springboks, who must beat against Italy on Friday to remain in contention for a World Cup location.
South Africa: Le Roux, Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; De Klerk, Pollard; Mtawarira, Mbonambi, Malherbe; De Jager, Etzebeth; Kolisi Toit, Vermeulen
Replacements: Marx, Kitshoff, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Louw, Jantjies, Steyn
Italy: Minozzi; Benvenuti, Morisi, Hayward, Campagnaro; Allan, Tebaldi; Lovotti, Bigi, Ferrari; Sisi, Budd; Steyn; Polledri, Parisse (capt)
Replacements: Zani, Quaglio, Riccioni, Zanni, Ruzza, Negri, Braley, Canna
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