Gloucester defend Johan and Ruan Ackermann over alleged Cheltenham brawl
Gloucester Rugby are standing by head coach Johan Ackermann and his son Ruan, who plays for the club, over claims the pair were involved in a fight in a nightclub in Cheltenham.
Harry Allen (24) had told Sport24 in detail on Monday how he was the victim of a beating from both Johan and Ruan, but Gloucester has since released a statement saying that they stand by the duo.
In a statement on the club’s website, Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan said: “Gloucester Rugby takes any allegations extremely seriously and we have conducted a full investigation into this matter.
“Having spoken to Johan, Ruan, the club where the alleged incident took place, the police and other independent witnesses as well as viewing subsequent CCTV footage, I am completely satisfied that whilst an incident did take place, it was instigated by others and not by Johan and Ruan as has been incorrectly reported.
“Both Johan and Ruan have been upset and disappointed by the allegations, but do appreciate the support from Gloucester Rugby fans, players, colleagues, friends and family.”
Allen claimed that he would be pressing charges against the Ackermanns, while English police confirmed that they were investigating the incident.