Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Positive action

Regular readers of this blog will be well aware of the actions of Augustine Makalakalane.

The former coach of the South African women's team was suspended after allegations of sexual abuse and homophobia were levelled against him by some Banyana Banyana players.

The South African Football Association has now confirmed that the investigation against Makalakalane will be a "matter of urgency".

The fact it has taken until the coach's contract had expired for Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe to make these comments must be put down to legal reasons.

But at least it is progress on the issue and a sign that allegations of homophobia are beginning to be taken seriously worldwide.

We only hope that, if the evidence warrants it, the full penalty is applied to a man who apparently said he only wanted “straight ladies in his team".

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