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Faf de Klerk's agent forced to refute truly extraordinary claims

By Kim Ekin
South African rugby player Faf de Klerk attends a welcome ceremony with his new club Yokohama Canon Eagles at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on July 21, 2022. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

Springbok star Faf de Klerk has found himself accused of threatening to hack a South African police captain to death but insists he was in Japan at the time of the alleged incident.

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A representative for Faf de Klerk has rubbished the allegations that the World Cup-winning nine racially abused and threatened to “kill” a Stellenbosch police officer. According to IOL, De Klerk has been accused by captain Lesley Smith of wanting to use a panga to hack him to death and for hurling racial slurs.

The Bok star claimed to have been more than 14,000km away at the time of the alleged incident, which is said to have occurred midday on 8 December in Stellenbosch. De Klerk, whose long blond hair is his trademark, maintains that he was in Japan at the time of the so-called “life-threatening” brawl.

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But, IOL reports, Smith stands by his allegation and claimed that it’s not a case of “mistaken identity” and that he slapped the “Springbok scrumhalf” with charges, as he “clearly” saw De Klerk drive off in a Toyota Corolla, while he allegedly called him a “h*****” minutes after he “tried to kill me with a panga”.

Smith also alleged that De Klerk told him “I will f***** kill you”.

De Klerk, via his agent Lean Schwartz, is adamant that he does not even drive a Toyota Corolla.“Faf has never driven a Toyota Corolla in his life,” said Schwartz, adding De Klerk has been out of the country for two months now.

“He left the country with the Springboks for their end-of-year tour to Europe, where after he left London for Tokyo, Japan to join his new club, Yokohama Cannon Eagles.”

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Footage of the 31-year-old halfback with fellow club teammates during training in Tokyo is all over the internet, with date stamps ranging from the end of November up until early this month.

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