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Ackermann and son in police probe



Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann and his son Ruan are being investigated over a nightclub incident that left a man with facial wounds.

The altercation occurred in Cheltenham, southwest England in the early hours of Sunday, following Gloucester's 69-12 win over Zebre in the European Challenge Cup.

Former South Africa player Johan Ackermann, 47, and 21-year-old Ruan, a back-row forward, joined Gloucester prior to the current campaign.

"Gloucestershire Constabulary is investigating a report of an incident which happened at the 21 Club in Regent Street, Cheltenham in the early hours of Sunday morning, 17 December," police said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The allegation is that there was an altercation between two groups of men, during which one of the men sustained facial injuries.

"The incident was reported just before 1.30am (0130 GMT). Police officers arrived shortly afterwards, but all those involved had left the scene.

"Investigating officers will be examining CCTV footage this week and speaking to witnesses. No-one has been arrested."

Photos of the victim's injuries were posted on social media by his sister.

Gloucester, who are currently second in the English Premiership, are also investigating the alleged incident.

"We're aware of the allegations and we're looking into them," the club said in a statement. "We can't make any further comment at the moment."

My brother @harrymallen was violently attacked in bar 21 in Cheltenham on Sunday early morning by professional rugby player @ruanackermann and his Dad the head coach Johan Ackermann, as well as another person who is yet to be identified via CCTV. The attack was completely unprovoked, they pulled his jumper over his head, push his head down and took multiple blows to his head, face and arms. He is currently in A&E having an X-Ray on his face, and a CT on his head as there is a concern of a internal bleed. @officialgloucesterrugby are yet to have made any comment, the police have plenty of evidence and no doubt with be arresting these twats. They shouldn’t be allowed to use their size, fame and power to treat others with such disrespect. The media will be posting the story too. I’m blessed to have a platform on instagram, so I’ll make sure I use it to get these guys done!

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