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Ackermann and Son implicated in nightclub fight

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Gloucester coach Johan Ackermann and his son, back-row Ruan, are the subject of a police investigation after being implicated in a nightclub fight which left a man injured.

According to a Daily Mail report, the Ackermanns were allegedly involved in the incident during the early hours of Sunday morning. This, after the Cherry and Whites beat Zebre in a Challenge Cup match at Kingsholm on Saturday.

The allegations against the father and son duo were made by the injured man’s family on social media where they claim their relative was “beaten up”. They also released photographs showing several cuts and grazes on the man’s face and head.

Local police released a statement which read: “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.”

A Gloucester spokesman said on Monday night: “Gloucester Rugby are aware of the allegations. The club cannot make any further comment at this stage.”

The Ackermann’s joined Gloucester from Super Rugby finalists the Lions in August and have done well in their new surroundings.

Under Johan’s guidance, Gloucester are currently in second position in the Premiership standings as well as Pool Three of the Challenge Cup, while his 21-year-old son was recently named Premiership Player of the Month for November.

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  1. Went with some friends couple years ago to Chester England for a marathon. Of course I wasn’t RUNNING – I can’t unless it’s from or after something. Night before I was the only one that wanted to go out obviously so I went alone. First bar I went to I went in between a few guys to get a drink then got to asking where to go next. I had a VERY difficult time understanding them so I just up and asked them to speak s l o w e r as I couldn’t understand half they were saying….I thought they were gonna kill me ( just a vibe) so I pulled out my ID & they got cool & spoke slower.
    English talk kind of funny. It’s up to YOU to demand they speak more discernibly. They invented the language right ? These guys said that they were jordy whatever TF that means lol. My guess is that since Gloucester sounds similar to the noise you make when you clear your throat to hock a loogy……perhaps Johan & his kid encountered something similar.
    Bottom line is that if I was chaperoning these guys the night would have ended in high fives NOT fisticuffs. Worst case we’d have to run for our lives but hey…..it’s good cardio lol. Beats getting thrown out of UK.

  2. It’s not as though Johan Ackerman is a youngster trying to prove himself as a man among the boys.

    Obviously, I don’t know him, but from what I observed of him at the Lions, he is a supreme leader who leads by example, is disciplined and very focused.

    I can’t see the old man getting involved in a cheap bar fight without major provocation.

    There is way more to this story than what has been reported.

    These English have been taught by the Americans on how to sue for everything, I suspect someone is trying to make a quick easy buck.

  3. Press release from Gloucester pretty much confirms what I thought.

    “Gloucester are aware that a small number of individuals are posting comments about the incident which are untrue.

    “Gloucester does not condone violence in any shape or form and having reviewed the evidence, the club stands by the pair unreservedly.”

    The club firmly believes that Ackermann acted with restraint in the face of severe provocation.

    The possibility of pursuing legal action against the accusers was considered at one juncture.

    Woods has subsequently removed her tirade on social media.

    Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan stated: “Gloucester 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.”

    Local police also released a statement which read: “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.””

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