MULTICHOICE CEO: NO SIGNS OF RACISM IN ASHWIN WILLEMSE WALK-OUT INCIDENT

JOHANNESBURG – Talks convened by SuperSport have concluded between rugby analysts Ashwin Willemse, Nick Mallett and Naas Botha.

All sides will continue to discuss what happened, as they have agreed to talk about the incident that happened on Saturday.

Willemse after the Lions-Brumbies game, accused Mallet and Botha of being patronising on live TV.

He then walked off set.

Calvo Mawela MultiChoice CEO acknowledged that the three men will continue talking but says the incident showed no signs of racism.

Supersport didn’t make an indication of when the talks will resume.

SuperSport released a statement on Monday evening, saying the meeting between the concerned parties was positive.

The statement read, “There was a significant move in the parties finding common ground. This is merely the first stage of the process to address the issues raised by the weekend’s events.”

Willemse who spoke for the first time after the incident said, “We had robust discussions in which I aired my views. I’m very appreciative of the process undertaken by SuperSport. The complexity of the issues is very profound.”

Mallett said: “I appreciated the opportunity to air my views. Clearly, there are issues that must be grappled with. I am more than happy to collaborate and contribute to resolving this matter.”

Botha said: “This was the first meeting and we all had our say, which was helpful. We’ve invested in a process to resolve matters and I’m confident that we will get a satisfactory resolution.”

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