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Boucher apologises for singing offensive songs with his teammates





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South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has apologized for being part of the group that sang offensive songs and used nicknames for coloured teammates in his playing days.

According to a report by Cricinfo, Boucher was accused of racism by some of his teammates including Paul Adams. However, he submitted a 14-page affidavit to Cricket South Africa's Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) committee.

In Paul’s testimony to SJN, had claimed Boucher was among the teammates who made racial slurs on him in a song. Although, Boucher said he and his teammates should have been more sensitive.

"I apologise unreservedly for any offensive conduct, real or perceived, that has been attributed to me," Boucher wrote in his affidavit,” he said.

"We, the team, coaching staff, selectors and CSA, during the period in question, should have been more sensitive and created an environment where all members of the team could raise and talk about these issues without allowing them to fester, as they clearly have,” said Boucher.

“With the benefit of hindsight and maturity, appreciate that I may have said or done things as a young man that offended some of my teammates. For this I apologise sincerely and unreservedly,” he added.