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Daily Mirror defends Thabo Rakhale showboating article

Posted: 11 March 2016 Time: 13:21

The Daily Mirror have defended their story about Thabo Rakhale’s use of trickery and insist the article was meant to be a celebration of the player’s skill, and nothing more.

The English newspaper has been heavily criticised in South Africa for using words like “ridiculous”, “nonsense” and “pointless” to describe Rakhale’s showboating against Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby.

But the Daily Mirror’s online editor Rob Burnett tells that there was nothing but positivity behind the story.

“The article in question was one of many that we cover on interesting or funny or unusual football clips from all over the world. It was a light-hearted piece, celebrating a fantastic piece of skill from a very skilful player,” explains Burnett.

“Richard [Innis, the author] says in the piece that it is ‘delightful’ and ‘wonderful’. The piece is not intended to be a comment on the difference between South African football and European football in any way.

“Indeed, the article would have been written in exactly the same way, wherever the clip came from, and whoever pulled off that particular piece of skill.

“It was published in our Row Zed section, which is a more light-hearted look at the funnier side of the game, where the team like to celebrate the exuberant characters of football like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and so on.

“Like all the Row Zed content, it was a light-hearted piece that we published because our readers are interested in unusual and exciting football skills - wherever they are being displayed.”

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