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.