South African fans blasted for treatment of Owen Farrell in Champions Cup


Fans of South African franchise the Vodacom Bulls have been blasted by their own head coach Jake White for their treatment of Owen Farrell during their clash with Saracens in the Champions Cup.

The 32-year-old playmaker was booed throughout the fixture at Loftus Versfeld and White has defended the Englishman who he called an “unbelievable player.”

Farrell recently decided to step away from international rugby, with many suggesting his treatment by certain fans and sections of the media played a huge role in his decision to take a break.

Speaking after the Bulls’ 27-16 win over Saracens, White apologised for the treatment of Farrell and said that they would address it as a club.

“I must start by saying I’m apologising for all the booing of Owen Farrell, it’s not what we’re about. I don’t understand why,” he told reporters.

“I just think people have jumped on the bandwagon in terms of all the negative media, which I don’t understand.

“I said it in the week that he’s an unbelievable player. What he’s achieved in England is phenomenal. I’m really disappointed because I wanted people to enjoy the fact that you get to see him play at Loftus.

“You equate that to watching Tiger Woods play golf or you equate that to (Michael) Jordan play basketball. I apologise, it’s not really who we are and we will address that.”

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