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Bloemfontein Celtic defender Ritchie apologises for Roses United ownership remark

Posted: 17 February 2015 Time: 08:12

Bloemfontein Celtic defender Keegan Ritchie has apologised for saying that club chairman Max Tshabalala also owns Roses United.

Ritchie says he misunderstood an interviewee's question in making the remark.

The 24-year-old told Celtic's official website: "I want to unreservedly apologise for incorrectly claiming that Mr. Max Tshabalala owns both Roses United and Celtic. I genuinely misunderstood the question and mistakenly responded without thinking as the interview was quick. It was not my intention to bring the name of the chairman into disrepute and ask for pardon for any harm or inconvenience made in the process.”

Tshabalala insists he no longer has any relationship with Roses United.

"I am the former owner of Roses United hence people continue to link me with the team. Roses was sold to Mr. Sainty Molale who’s the sole owner. Comments made by Keagan are inaccurate, and I have absolutely no relationship with that team," Tshabalala said.

"My focus is solely on Bloemfontein Celtic and pledge without any uncertainties to entirely focus on Celtic only. It is unfortunate that such mishaps sometimes happen and the player has since apologised to the team for the unfortunate comments that he made. Keagan is human and we appreciate his authenticity apology."

According to the National Soccer League constitution: 'No person or legal entity may acquire shares or interest directly or indirectly in a club, if he has had shares or an interest or has been a registered shareholder of another club under the jurisdiction of the League or SAFA in the preceding twelve (12) months.'

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