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    <h2>Boks condemn 'old flag fans'</h2><div ="storydate">Sunday November 26 2006</div>'It is all in bad taste'

    The
    Springbok management and players have strongly condemned the display of
    the old South Africa flag by a few supporters during the two clashes
    against England at Twickenham over the past two weeks.




    @@@@SPAN name="intelliTxt" id="intelliTXT">In a statement issued
    on Sunday by the team management the Boks slammed fans - they claim
    there were "at least four" among the thousands of rugby supporters at Twickenham on Saturday - who were carrying old South African flags.
    These fans were displaying the flags as they celebrated points scored by the Bok team during their 25-14 win over England.
    Team Manager Zola Yeye distanced the team from what he called a "rogue section" of Bok supporters.
    "It is disgusting that these people are displaying such unpatriotic behaviour, in the name of the Springboks," said Yeye.
    "It is all in bad taste, and we do not want to be seen to be
    condoning such rude behaviour. What does it say of us in a foreign
    land?"
    Bok captain John Smit said the episode was embarrassing to the Springbok players.
    "Here we are, representing our country - the new South Africa
    - and all the people back home, and some people come to the stadium to
    insult all 44 million South Africans, in our name. We distance
    ourselves totally to such mischief. We are proud of the new flag, the
    anthem and the country.
    "The Springboks fully endorse the new non-racial order in our
    country and look at our supporters as people who are proud of the new
    ethos of equality. While we appreciate support from all South Africans,
    we call upon all our supporters to respect the new South Africa and the
    sense of dignity it seeks to give to all of its citizens - irrespective
    of their political beliefs."
    Yeye also reminded the rogue fans that the Springboks were
    now free to tour any rugby nation, precisely because of the new order
    in South Africa. He said they did not associate the team with behaviour
    that sought to undermine the new peaceful culture in South Africa.
    "Many people who support the Springboks feel insulted by the
    few who give the team a bad name. We are not part of what they do, they
    should not call themselves supporters of the Springboks. Having said
    that, one should not take out of the equation the thousands of fans who
    proudly displayed the official South African flag at our games. That is
    what really inspires players who represent their country with pride."@@@@/SPAN>
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    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

    #2
    I remember seeing a few strange flags in the crowd, the flags that
    looked like the dutch flag, with some emblem/crest in the middle of the
    white stripe.....



    I didn't know what it was, but i reckon this article answers it for me....


    He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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      This is the old springbok flag:-





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        #4
        ahhh ok... thanks OD......
        He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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          #5





          Sorry - this is the old (Apartheid) SA Flag - the one above is the old Springbok flag:


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            #6
            ahhhh yes.. that was the one i was thinking about....

            i had seen it on the tv coverage...


            He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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              #7
              Wonder what do those idiots do when Byran Habana scores a try do they just stay sitting or what?
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                #8
                I saw that as well and thought there would be an issue with it. Tis a fairly touchy subject for them.

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                  #9
                  Without wanting to condone it, they could just be ex-pats with really old flags?
                  Either way, they should have known better.

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                    #10
                    I noticed for our game against them that they sang the old SA anthem with far more gusto than the new one.

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                      #11
                      I don't much about the old flag, is it a symbol of racism? If so then i can understand why the Saffers are upset.

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                        #12


                        About time cork fans stopped waving the confederate flag about the place as well.

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                          #13

                          South Africa and South Africans were much better off under white rule than being ruled the ******* as they are today

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                            #14


                            Originally posted by Cool - Cat
                            South Africa and South Africans were much better off under white rule than being ruled the ****** as they are today
                            You make me sick.
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                              In what way?


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