CH & FC have been left fuming over ‘unfair’ criticism on flanker Yoshitha Rajapaksa especially in social media, following a brawl that broke out at the end of their Dialog Inter-Club League Rugby Tournament match against Navy Sports Club at Welisara on Saturday (30).
The former Sri Lanka forward has been related to a photograph on which he appears to have his hands around Navy SC second row forward Lahiru Wishwajith, but a club spokesman revealed that the incident has largely been misinterpreted.
“People have misunderstood the situation. There was certainly a brawl between the players from both the teams which is not right. But sometimes in a very physical game like rugby, things like this could happen. However, the club is shocked over the unfair criticism on Yoshitha because he was hardly involved in this. There was no fight between him and Lahiru,” said the spokesman.
In fact Lahiru Wishwajith himself cooled the situation claiming “these things are normal in rugby.”
“On December 30, I took part in the Navy SC versus CH & FC rugby match, and I’m personally happy about Navy SC winning the match. After the game there were some little problems, but these things are normal in rugby match situations. But some people are trying to use this as a political point. Personally, I don’t have any problems with any of my opponents. I personally don’t appreciate people trying to involve me on political matters with regard to the situation. If I made a mistake after the match, I personally apologise on my behalf and I don’t like to involve myself in any political issues under any circumstances,” the Navy SC second row forward posted on social media. Meanwhile, CH & FC have directly put the blame on Navy SC Skipper Danushka Perera (nicknamed ‘Gertha’) over the incident.
“Gertha ran in towards our bench and started shouting with indecent words. We kept our calmness for some time and told him to go away, but he did not stop, and it was only after that the players got involved in it,” said a source close to the CH & FC Team.
In fact, more than half of the current CH & FC players represented Navy SC last season, and it is revealed that CH & FC contacted most of them through Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s best friend once upon time - Danushka ‘Gertha’ Perera.
However, the source further claimed that Perera opted to remain at the club after ‘his salary demands were refused by the CH & FC.’
“Gertha and Yoshitha were great mates, and some of the players were introduced to CH & FC by Gertha. However, when negotiating his salary, he demanded a salary of Rs. 800,000 which is certainly too much for a player in his mid 30s. May be he is still upset over that,” claimed the source.
Meanwhile, Daily Mirror also learns that Perera decided against joining the Maitland Crescent Club due to the fact that he was unwilling to play alongside a certain back division player in the CH camp over a personal issue.
Navy head coach Mothilal Jayasekara and team manager Menaka Suranga refused to comment when contacted by Daily Mirror. (Harsha Amarasinghe)
GC Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:22
It is disgraceful to say these things are 'normal', whether YR was involved or not, because these situations give a very bad example to the younger generations and then get reflected also in the parliament (or the other way round?). In the past we were asked to play sports to build character and become gentlemen.
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shanthapriya Thursday, 4 January 2018 09:53
This kind of things normally happens when old boys of Royal college involved in a rugby match. Otherwise such things hardly take place
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V Andrew Thursday, 4 January 2018 10:52
This is not normal, it's hooliganism. What's normal is when tempers increase during a game and not after that. I played rugby and whatever happened on the field was forgotten with a handshake after the game. Says a lot about where the younger generation in SL is heading. Whoever calls this type of behaviour after a match is not fit to administer or play the game.
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Mm Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:24
These are normal stuff. Just because electinons are close by people making it political. If you are a man with half a Brain and done any college rugby or sport knows this tks. It a big deal.
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goonbag Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:32
all i see is a bunch of jocks with an over inflated egos.
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Ranjanie Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:37
To CH administration while you defend one you choose also tarnish another. discussing individual salary in public is not on it is confidential information, hope Danushka ‘Gertha’ Perera through his lawyers sue the club for defamation and breach of confidential discussions.
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vasaliya Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:53
With a hint of papa coming back to power, the spoilt brats begin to show thier true colors....we remember how rocket man Rohitha slapped a referee during a sevens tournament. That was when papa was in full control....
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mali Thursday, 4 January 2018 09:06
You are correct. Nobody even tackled them during papa was in power.
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Rasheed Thursday, 4 January 2018 10:33
Yes, how many players he assaulted during papa's time.
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SAM Thursday, 4 January 2018 10:55
Gosh salary for 8 Lakhs? Is it for a tournament or season? Who is going to pay for it? Is income tax department aware or these or are they too looked after? So wonder we are sports are not in a position to get good results in winning international as a team than look after their perks.
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Sharob Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:29
Thanks DM for clearing this issue
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Yahiya Thursday, 4 January 2018 08:37
You must correct your players discipline
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Niz Thursday, 4 January 2018 10:59
Thanks DM for the clip. Looks Sailor boys look more decent than what they looked like before.
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