Racing threatens legal action against 'retired' young Bok

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:37

NEWS: Springbok utility back Johan Goosen dropped a bomb in his French club and the national team by announcing his retirement from the game.

Goosen, just 24, will apparently return to South Africa to enter the corporate world as a 'Commercial Director' of an unnamed company.

In a scathing attack on the young player, Racing President Jacky Lorenzetti said he "reserves the right" to take appropriate legal action against Goosen and whoever advises him.

The French club boss makes no secret of the fact that he does not buy the 'retirement' claim of the player who was voted the Top 14 Player of the Year for the 2015/16 season.

"As reported by some media, Johan Goosen has failed to meet his contractual obligations [with Racing92] for several weeks," Lorenzetti said in a statement on the club website.

"I would never have spontaneously disclosed this dispute, but since it has been made public, it is important to clarify what has transpired."

What makes the announcement even more puzzling is that Goosen, who played 13 Tests for the Springboks since his debut in 2012, earlier this year extended his Racing contract till 2020.

Goosen moved to Racing in 2014, after beginning his professional career with the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.

The Racing boss claims that after they bent over backwards to accommodate Goosen earlier this year, he has found a "fantastic way" to wriggle out of his contract.

"He announced today [Friday] that he has taken the incredible decision to end his playing career, to return to South Africa for an alleged role as a Commercial Director," he said.

"Racing 92 has always supported Johan Goosen - both morally and financially.

"And even though he has lately demonstrated an unfortunate lack of responsibility towards his partners, his coaches and more broadly all the members of his club and his supporters, hopefully, he will soon realise that respect for a contract is the basis of all human and professional relationships.

"Of course, the Racing 92 reserves the right to consider all appropriate judicial action - both in regards to Johan Goosen and those who advise him."