JOHANNESBURG – Ahead of the Rugby World Cup final, Totalsports has announced that it will be removing all posters featuring Springbok star Eben Etzebeth.In August, Etzebeth was accused of racially abusing a fellow patron at a pub in Langebaan, in the Western Cape.Police are currently investigating a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, crimen injuria and the pointing of a firearm against him.In a tweet, they say “as a brand, we don’t do controversies, we do sport. We made the decision to remove his poster. Without taking sides/passing judgement, we wanted to ensure all our customers feel comfortable in our stores”.The media controversy surrounding Eben Etzebeth has been felt in our stores. As a brand, we don’t do controversies, we do sport. We made the decision to remove his poster.
Without taking sides/passing judgement, we wanted to ensure all our customers feel comfortable in our stores
— Totalsports (@TotalsportsSA) October 28, 2019South Africa will play England in the final of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday morning. Kick-off is at 11 am.Following the announcement, many social media users were left divided over the decision by the company which is a part of The Foschini Group.Judge and Jury then? #totalsports is a joke… We should stand together as a country… Not try and devide the people a week before the finals. #boycotttotalsports… Won’t see my or my family’s business again.— Artifus (@Artifus2) October 29, 2019If you are referring to the #totalsports issue: they should have removed the posters soon after the allegations broke not a couple days before the final, especially since he will be in the starting line-up!— Nit_Twit (@bagboys) October 29, 2019Totalsports pulling a Gillette 7 weeks before Xmas has got to be the dumbest thing they’ve done.— Captain C (@CaptainCuzzy) October 29, 2019Removing the poster IS passing judgment. Totalsports, your all in one judge and jury store.— Bruce (@BTS804) October 29, 2019Just as we thought RWC19 is bringing people in SA together Totalsports go and pull them apart. (Doing sport indeed? Totalpolitics)— dockel22 (@dockel22) October 29, 2019No trial yet and the RWC in 5 days. Great timing Totalsports! ?— Clay Tirabassi (@ClayTirabassi) October 29, 2019