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“My actions were unacceptable” – Bismarck

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Mar 2015 at 09:00
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Bismarck du Plessis has issued an apology after his red card against the Chiefs (and subsequent four-week suspension).

Via a release on the Sharks website, du Plessis said “I want to unreservedly apologise for my behaviour both as captain and a senior player. My actions were unacceptable and I fully accept the punishment handed down to me by SANZAR.

“I will use these four-weeks off the field to reflect on my actions as both a leader and role-model in the game. I am painfully aware that people have lost faith in my character and the values I claim to stand for. I intend to rectify that through actions going forward and not merely words.

“By my very competitive nature, whenever I take to the field, I pride myself on playing the game hard and fair. Sadly my recent conduct did not reflect the fairness I refer to. I am passionate about the Cell C Sharks, my teammates and the game but allowed my emotions to get the better of me.

“I acknowledge that I need to have better control of my emotions and I make no excuses for my actions.

“I would like to extend my sincere apologises to Michael Leitch, my opponent who was on the receiving end of my foul play. My intention was never to cause him bodily harm and I am thankful that he was not injured. I would also like to use this opportunity to apologise to my teammates, Cell C Sharks fans and everyone else that I have let down.”

The Sharks have imposed an additional punishment, described as “heavy” although further details will not be revealed. Gary Gold added that “Discipline both on and off the field is a non-negotiable for me and it is a critical factor for success. Whilst I will always back my players in difficult times, it is important that we draw the line when it comes to foul play.

“Bismarck has apologised to our management and players for his actions and I am comfortable that he has showed sufficient remorse for his behaviour. I trust that this is a learning experience for him and I am confident that he will emerge a stronger individual as a result.”

The question for fans, after a second heartfelt apology from the same player within the space of just three weeks is just how sincere the words really are – and the extent to which the actions that follow will back them up. I guess we’ll only know when Bismarck returns to the field, which now won’y be before the Sharks Antipodean tour.


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