Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann and his star-player son Ruan have been accused of a nightclub battle which police are investigating.
The South African rugby boss and his No eight have been accused on social media by the kin of a person who was allegedly left ‘overwhelmed up’.
The incident occurred on the 21 Membership in Cheltenham simply hours after Gloucester beat Zebre 69-12 within the European Problem Cup.
The membership launched a press release saying it “stands by the pair unreservedly”.
The assertion learn: “Following an accusation relating to Johan Ackermann and Ruan Ackermann we will verify an incident occurred in Cheltenham final weekend.
“Gloucester Rugby are conscious small variety of people are posting feedback in regards to the incident that are unfaithful.
“Gloucester Rugby don’t condone violence in any form or kind and having reviewed the proof, the membership stands by the pair unreservedly.”
Instagram person Katie.c.allen posted pictures of a person mentioned to be her brother with facial accidents and a prolonged caption studying: “My brother @harrymallen was violently attacked in bar 21 in Cheltenham on Sunday early morning by skilled rugby participant @ruanackermann and his Dad the pinnacle coach Johan Ackermann, in addition to one other one that is but to be recognized by way of CCTV.
“The assault was fully unprovoked, they pulled his jumper over his head, push his head down and took a number of blows to his head, face and arms.
“He’s at the moment in A&E having an X-Ray on his face, and a CT on his head as there’s a concern of a inner bleed.
@officialgloucesterrugby are but to have made any remark, the police have loads of proof and little question with be arresting these t***s. They shouldn’t be allowed to make use of their dimension, fame and energy to deal with others with such disrespect.
“The media will probably be posting the story too. I’m blessed to have a platform on instagram, so I’ll ensure I exploit it to get these guys completed!”
The membership since launched the a press release, and Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan added:”Gloucester Rugby takes any allegations extraordinarily critically and we’ve carried out a full investigation in to this matter.
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“Having spoken to Johan, Ruan, the membership the place the alleged incident occurred, the police and different impartial witnesses in addition to viewing subsequent CCTV footage, I’m fully happy that while an incident did happen, it was instigated by others and never by Johan and Ruan as has been incorrectly reported.
“Each Johan and Ruan have been upset and disillusioned by the allegations, however do respect the help from Gloucester Rugby followers, gamers, colleagues, family and friends.”
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A police spokesperson said: “Gloucestershire Constabulary is investigating a report of an incident which happened at the 21 Club in Regent Street, Cheltenham, in the early hours of Sunday morning – December 17.
“The allegation is that there was an altercation between two groups of men, during which one of the men sustained facial injuries. The incident was reported just before 1.30am.
“Police officers arrived shortly afterwards but all those involved had left the scene. Investigating officers will be examining CCTV footage this week and speaking to witnesses. No-one has been arrested.”
The 21 Club in Regent Street is a 20-minute drive from Gloucester’s Kingsholm stadium.
The venue’s website says: “If you enjoy a vibrant party atmosphere in a safe and friendly environment, the 21 Club is the place for you.”
The 300-capacity bar is open until 3am and boasts three basements and an outside heated courtyard.