Erasmus’ accomplice Jaco Johan resurfaces on Twitter after avoiding ban
The mysterious Jaco Johan has resurfaced on Twitter after a two month hiatus to show solidarity for Rassie Erasmus this week after he was punished by World Rugby for his infamous video.
The South Africa director of rugby was suspended with immediate effect from all rugby activities for two months and from all match-day activities until September 2022 on Wednesday, and was also given a warning and made to apologise for his conduct during the British & Irish Lions series.
SA Rugby, who were also handed a £20,000 fine, released a short statement after, which said “Both parties confirmed they will exercise their rights to appeal the verdicts.” This was shared on Twitter and subsequently retweeted by Johan alongside the South Africa flag. He also tagged World Rugby, South Africa Rugby and Erasmus in the Tweet to show his solidarity.
Johan may just be glad that he was not brought down with Erasmus as his accomplice having provided him with so much material during the Lions series. It would have been a travesty if Johan was also banned from all rugby activities. Then again, he may curiously become a bit more vocal on Twitter while Rassie serves his ban.
Take a look:
— Jaco Johan (@thenosyone987) November 17, 2021
Six charges were brought against Erasmus for various breaches of World Rugby Regulation 18 and World Rugby’s Code of Conduct. These charges said Erasmus: “threatened a match official that unless a requested meeting took place, he would publish footage containing clips criticising the match official’s performance and then making good on that threat;
“published or permitted to be published the Erasmus Video containing numerous comments that were either abusive, insulting and/or offensive to match officials;
“attacked, disparaged and/or denigrated the game and the match officials;
“did not accept or observe the authority and decisions of match officials;
“published or caused to be published criticism of the manner in which a match official handled a match;
“engaged in conduct or activity that may impair public confidence in the integrity and good character of match official(s); and
brought the game into disrepute when he published or caused to be published the Erasmus Video.”