Lions tour: South African boss Rassie Erasmus accused of ‘using fake Twitter account’ to blow up referees
South African coach Rassie Erasmus is accused of using a FAKE ACCOUNT on Twitter to lash out at the Lions – with suspicious fans after he retweeted the ONLY two messages from the mysterious user complaining about umpires in the first Test
- Fans accuse Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus of creating a fake account
- Erasmus has been critical of the Lions and responded to an anonymous user
- The account said there were ‘dubious calls’ in South Africa’s defeat to Lions
- The user only made two posts, but Erasmus replied to both
South African rugby director Rassie Erasmus has been accused of setting up a fake social media account to criticize the Lions after their first Test defeat on Saturday.
The Springboks fell to a 22-17 loss in Cape Town and Erasmus has been outspoken in his criticism of Warren Gatland’s men online – both retweeting and responding to two posts from an anonymous user named Jaco Johan.
Erasmus – who responded to the only two tweets the account has posted – has retweeted footage circling a handful of incidents, including what appeared to be a high tackle by Owen Farrell on scrum half Faf de Klerk.
South Africa rugby chief Rassie Erasmus has been accused of creating a fake Twitter account to criticize the Lions after his side’s defeat in the first Test on Saturday night
Ersamus responded to an anonymous account that outlined “dubious phone calls”
He retweeted a video uploaded by the user highlighting incidents that were not to their liking
After the defeat, he praised the Lions for their performance and said in his own tweet that his own players had “no excuses”.
‘No apologies on this side!!’ He wrote. You are far from home, families and going through the same strict covid protocols as we are!! Congratulations and well deserved!!!’
Johan then responded to the tweet, saying: “Respect your attitude in defeat, but there were some questionable phone calls. I’ll highlight a few.’
The account then posted another video that outlined further moments against South Africa – with a handful of Lions players being circled during the match for alleged misconduct in high-quality footage.
Erasmus replied to the user again and said, “Thank you. This is rugby – sometimes conversations go for you and sometimes they don’t.’
Erasmus beat the Lions for their ‘dangerous and reckless’ play in the Cape Town showdown
Rugby fans took brazen digs at Erasmus online amid rumors he could have created the account, with one saying it was “the best thing I’ve seen on Twitter”.
Another wrote: ‘My favorite thing about this whole saga is how obvious it is that Jaco Johan is also Rassie.’
“Rassie Erasmus using a burner account very badly is the best rugby story of the year so far,” added one fan.
And one user also pointed out that the account in question had access to “high spec” content, despite having very few followers.
Erasmus had initially been gracious in the defeat, praising Warren Gatland’s side for their display
‘Am I the only one who thinks it’s absolutely wonderful that Rassie Erasmus uses a burner account to talk to himself? This is going to backfire because the conversation will be about Rassie and not about the high spec level that this Johan with 27 followers seems to have.’
Sports post has contacted the Springboks for comment.
Erasmus had already shot at the Lions on social media after the game, despite initially being modest in the defeat and pointing to some ‘reckless and dangerous’ play on the part of Gatland.
He highlighted a clip where Ali Price tackled Cheslin Kolbe close to the sidelines before Mako Vunipola took the Springboks wing off the floor.
Cheslin is clearly played in the air and clearly not in direct contact!! More important for young people who watch this clip!!!!’ Erasmus tweeted.
“Never move or touch an injured player on the ground, it is reckless and dangerous!”