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National 10.4.2014 03.40 pm

Ikeys player accused of assaulting female student (video)

Irini Agathagelou ,21, has claimed she was beaten by a rugby player at the Varsity Cup Final. Picture: Supplied
A student from the North-West University (Pukke) has accused a rugby player from the University of Cape Town (Ikeys) of assault after the Varsity Cup final.

Irini Agathagelou ,21, said on Facebook that she was a victim of woman abuse, claiming she was beaten by a rugby player on the evening that Ikeys won the Varsity Cup.

“They wear the pink pants and play with the pink ball to fight against woman abuse!” she said.

Agathagelou said she was assaulted when she tried to intervene in a fight between the Ikeys player and a Pukke player in a local wimpy. She said the player, “gave me a right hook in my face, he tried to hit me again but someone stopped him”.

She added that the attack left her with a concussion, back and neck injuries and five stitches to her face.

“We have video proof and witnesses, the video clearly shows his attack on me and of UNW(sic) player Edmar Marais,” she said.

The claim has since gone viral on social media.

The Ikeys Rugby Club released a statement saying they are aware of the allegation.

“We take the allegations seriously and will fully co-operate with an investigation. While the processes are under way the player accused is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but if the accusation is proven we will take appropriate action.”

Ikeys beat the NWU-Pukke 39-33 on Monday evening in Potchefstroom.

UPDATE

The CCTV video footage has since emerged that appears to capture part of the fight. A large group of men are in the scuffle, punching and pushing each other.

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VamoozE2014-05-18 16:52:13
She got rocked Solid!!! Thats what you get when you wanna jump in and play fair game... Sorry for her, she got sh!t on this.. hahah quiet funny actually.
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holic2014-05-16 01:01:11
Pfft, she has no claim. She got in there and starting hitting him repeatedly in the head and got in a solid connection to his face. She got what was coming to her, this isn't woman abuse she got into the fight on her own terms but since you guys said it: you act like a man, you get treated like a man.
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8 Man2014-05-04 18:40:11
She deserved to get punched.
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scott2014-04-25 23:13:40
This is why Im starting to understand the mens rights movement.
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Brandon2014-04-25 03:58:40
Clearly her fault. She not only put herself in a dangerous situation, she attacked him first. She should be charged with assault.
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Blikkies2014-04-13 13:54:10
This girl needed a chill pill of the knuckle sandwich kind. WhaT was she thinking attacking a rugby player who was pepper sprayed (IN THE EYES FOR THIS WHO IS LIKE THIS GIRL'S MENTALITY AND CAN NOT REASON NORMALLY) any guy will lose his shit if a "guy" is hammering on my head with an object I swear the rugby player was afraid for his life he didnt know what was going on or what was hitting him.
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Raymond2014-04-12 19:43:20
Hahaha loving all these comments. glad to see that there are people that actually agree with me.....and then there are obviously people that don't....(aimed at Pierra.....read his comments below.....what an idiot). If anyone has eyes in their sockets, they would see that this girl was either drunk or stupid or both.
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Peroxide2014-04-12 13:44:16
I am a woman, a feminist even, but I by no means believe this can be classified as women's abuse. She may not have been "asking for it" but she intentionally put herself in a dangerous situation. If she had any sense she would have realised that she, clearly a slender female, would not be able to break up a fight between these massive rugby players. (Maybe, if she was an athletic, strong female she could have held her own, but this is not the case. ) To do something that reckless she must have been intoxicated, in which case she is to blame for putting herself in such a dangerous position. It is unfortunate that she got hurt, but let's get real, it certainly wasn't unlikely. Gender equality should hold true in all fields of life, not just in those where it works in females' favour. She, as a female (stupidly), decided to enter in a male brawl, and should therefore be treated like everyone participating in the brawl.
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Anna2014-04-12 10:21:58
She got what she asked for. And Stefan van Wyk, what a dumbo you are, you are going to rue those words. You will get the same wake up this 'Princess' did.
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Brandon Stein2014-04-12 09:51:51
You Deserve that Blow Irini. to me it was self-defense from Kyle's side. If you want to act like MAN and go fight with Men , u deserve to treated like one. Now U want to cry and run to Carte Blanche and claim women abuse. Go do your homework and research woman abuse. YOU DESERVE THAT BLOW....
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Stefan van Wyk2014-04-12 08:06:30
Judging this fight and the responses of violence craving readers I am glad i am leaving this country soon. White people in this country always pretend that only blacks are violent, but as the video and the responses prove, whites in SA are violent and common and have no regard for human rights as well. God bless this country, as it is going down the drain rapidly and no one seems able to stop it.
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Nick2014-04-12 02:53:12
He is confused this CPT man
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Claire2014-04-12 00:21:02
This poor UCT man is completely dazed and confused, I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't even realize that it was a girl he was hitting. The way I see it, the real tragedy is that he was under attack from so many people. From victim to bad guy- that's not fair.
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lady2014-04-11 20:29:52
Give that man a bells!! For a student at varsity this must be one of the dumbest girls in SA. Talk about a BAD loser. It's pathetic how she's now crying 'woman abuse' when she was the one throwing the first punches. Pushing her away would not have helped. If you force yourself to be in the middle of a big boy fight you cannot expect to be warned off with lip gloss or glitter just because you are female. If you wanted to be treated like a lady you should have acted like one by staying out of it, standing out of harms way. If he did not punch you, you would have gone home laughing about the fact that you hit the poor guy in the manner which you did... time to put on your big girl panties prinses and get over it. I'm sure most of the guys left there looking way worse....but you dont see them running around crying about it.
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Raymond2014-04-11 19:58:54
Haha i might be a bit late in commenting but seriously this is funny. i am not a big fan of girls getting injured but that girl went looking for a beating and is making a big fuzz now when she got what she was looking for. Like i said i don't like to see a girl getting injured but if a girl beats a guy and tries to punch him(especially since he was disorientated)and gets punched in return she only has herself to blame. i mean really what did she expect....like there was any chance of him stopping to politely tell her to go away because she might get hurt while several guys where pushing and hitting him as well as him not being able to see.
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Megamind2014-04-11 17:17:01
hat's actually sad hey they be wearing clothes in opposed to women abuse yet they are not even close to being an example so UCT a Big NO No! To me and ma fam and their Children WTF a woman a woman wish I get the guy who did this so I can give him a taste of his own medicine so glad I didn't go to that Varsity. Wouldn't tell anyone I know of go there. Abuse is Abuse You would be backing ,hitting a woman like that that no excuse man
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Aquarian2014-04-11 17:01:12
Where did she get her ass handed to her like that?? Aaah its that Wimpy!!
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Ines2014-04-11 16:44:32
If you join a fight, surely you know that at some point you are going to have a few punches thrown your way. Who did she think she was at that moment, Chuck Norris?
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Jeane2014-04-11 14:30:53
So it makes it OK for her to hit him?? If a bee stings you/snake bites you/human(girl, guy, - who ever) hits you, human reaction will take control. I won't walk into a coming train, bottom line! One might start to think he is abused by her!.. In the fight = Join the fight, that's how it is hey! Why should one person get's punished for a hit but another not! That is exactly where the saying comes in, don't act like a girl!! If you want to act like man do, handle it like a man would! Goldfishes has guts to get into a tank with piranhas and who is to blame?! I believe fairness will be given! My respect tho!
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sean smith2014-04-11 14:18:02
lol now shes playing the sympathy card... "I got hurt.." no shit what else happens in fights? he was outnumbered and she jumped on him "tried to intervene" my ass...she got what she asked for stupid hobag
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Jeane2014-04-11 13:59:16
So it makes it OK for her to hit him?? If a bee stings you/snake bites you/human(girl, guy, - who ever) hits you, human reaction will take control. I won't walk into a coming train, bottom line! One might start to think he is abused by her!.. In the fight = Join the fight, that's how it is hey! Why should one person gets punished for a hit but another not! That is exactly where the saying comes in, don't act like a girl!! If you want to act like man do, handle it like a man would! Goldfishes has guts to get into a tank with piranhas and who is to blame?! I believe fairness will be given! My respect tho!
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karen2014-04-11 12:30:56
That idiot ran for the fight. She was around the counter and suddenly sprinted towards the guy. She wanted to join in. It's her own fault. I dont feel sorry for her. Not even for a second.
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Nicole2014-04-11 11:27:34
Everyone has so much to say about this "poor girl"! First of all the Ikeys player would have been on a high from winning so would have been in an extremely happy mood, one would understand if he was on the losing team to cause a fight, but he was no!!!!!! Secondly it was about 7 guys fighting against one Ikey player. Thirdly does anyone know that the poor chap had been pepper sprayed by the cops and was blinded and disorientated and could not see anyone or anything in front of him. get all your facts straight first before you start picking on the poor chap. Fourthly the "stupid girl" should not have been continuously hitting him on the back of his head with her stiletto heel and expect no reaction, particularly when he could not see anything and had so many people over powering him and all he was trying to do was defend himself. Wake up before you all have so much to say get your facts straight.
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Lana2014-04-11 11:17:49
If someone hit me with a shoe like that I would also throw a punch like that in your face Baby girl!
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Nicole Sabido2014-04-11 11:01:41
The young man is not to blame in any way! the female made the decision to involve herself in the fight, the female made the decision to hit the male on the head repeatedly, the female made the decision to punch the male in the face!!! She is completely at fault, if i were her i would be highly embarrassed for bringing this to light! he was pepper sprayed he could not see anything!!!
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Sandra Joubert2014-04-11 08:59:57
what were you doing getting in the middle of a fight? You were in the wrong by punching him first.... He should have not hit a lady... But judging by your actions throughout the video.... You are guilty yourself!
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Kate2014-04-11 08:14:12
I have just watched the video footage… I am absolutely appalled that you have the audacity to bring this incident to light. Yes, you were must definitely hit in the face - but you are clearly in a position you should never have been! The video clearly shows that the UCT player was being attacked and you chose to involve yourself by hitting him! Move on sweetheart.
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Yazoosa2014-04-11 07:43:31
Whether Male or Female, if you decide to participate in a fist fight irrespective of who you are trying to protect you stand a very real chance of being hit especially when it is a big brawl as this was. I'm not defending the guy that hit her but girl you placed your self in the wrong place at the wrong time and got burnt.
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Michelle2014-04-11 07:04:42
She totally deserved it!!! Hope this goes to court and judge charges her with assault. She did throw the first punch after all. This guy was already being attacked by several guys,adrenaline pumping and you want to back him into a corner.Drop before you get dropped... common sense
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Timmy2014-04-11 06:37:51
Just if someone could tell me that the video shows a punch thrown with his right hand and hits her left side of her face. But then look at the photo.
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Pierre2014-04-11 04:16:49
@justsaying deadly object.. a shoe? do you knock your girlfriend out when she throws shoes at you? She was not assaulting him, she was trying to stop him from assaulting someone else. Women tend to do that often when men fight.. it DOES NOT mean it's OK for a man to break a woman's face in self defense. She was not a threat to him at all, because he didn't even notice the shoe being hit on his head anyways, he was too busy laying punches into someone else. He could have pushed her to the ground easily, but he decided to hit her FULL FORCE and then AGAIN when she was down... that my friend is called assault with the intention to do harm.
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just saying2014-04-11 02:55:26
@Pierra well pierra being a men or women does not change the fact of assault, we cant have double standards, she was assaulting the guy with a deadly object and yes you do hit a women when she hits you her gender does not mean men have to abandon the right of self-defense, and no one should assault anyone.... and if women dont want to be hit dont get in the middle of fights throwing punches or hitting someone with objects and think you're able to leave unscaved.
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Adrian2014-04-10 23:27:29
From what I saw in the video, she got into a fight and came off second best. While he was being held by others, she repeatedly strikes him on the head with an object. Then he breaks loose and she clearly punches him again and he retaliates. Ms. Agathagelou, I'm afraid you have done a disservice to many activists against gender abuse!
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Pierre2014-04-10 22:42:01
@Carl Firstly the guy was savagely beating another man, she was merely defending that person by attempting to distract him. Secondly, a big strong man doesn't need to defend himself against a 21 year old girl by punching her full force into the face and breaking her cheek bone, not to mention he tried to go for a second punch when she was already down. When a woman hits you, do you hit back.. ? Tough guy.
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Ryan2014-04-10 21:55:14
ladies have no place in guys fights stay out of it poppie. Let that be a lesson to all ladies that try to intervene you will get hurt. Let men handle men issues
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Carl2014-04-10 19:18:37
Just adding to my recent comment: I think this behavior is not at all acceptable and UCT must take action over the fighting but really, if this turns into a lawsuit I'd be surprised.
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Carl2014-04-10 19:16:41
Since when does this count as abuse? This is retaliation - she smacks him over the head repeatedly in the video and even takes him 1 on 1 then he throws one punch and it is suddenly "abuse"? She gets into the middle of the brawl when shes nowhere near strong enough to physically contain or hold them back then reports to carte blanche about abuse? Yeah Right.
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