- Former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish has come under fire for his "All lives matter" tweets
- Fish was asked for his views on the Black Lives Matter movement after he liked a tweet that claimed Siya Kolisi was a "BEE appointment"
- The former Jomo Cosmos and Orlando Pirates player has stuck to his guns on the matter
Former football player Mark Fish has come under fire for views expressed on the Black Lives Matter movement and saying “all lives matter” on his official Twitter account.
The storm started on Wednesday when Fish, who played as a defender for Bafana Bafana was called out after he liked a tweet that claimed Springbok captain Siya Kolisi was a “BEE appointment” and a racist “just like [Mmusi] Maimane.”
“Mark Fish, since you liked this post, please tell us where you stand on this matter?” asked Twitter user @Terryboysa73.
To which the Bafana legend replied: "All lives matter."
Fish's response prompted outrage from fans who expressed disappointment about his views.
One user, who identified his race as coloured, said he was disappointed that Fish, who has seen inequality and racism everywhere, had this mindset.
“Mark, as a coloured person I am disappointed that you, as someone who must have seen inequality and racism all around the world more than the general public, being non-white yourself, knowing how you've been treated unfairly, have this mindset. You are cancelled.” said the user.
Many others slammed the former footballer, including EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, who said:
"Mark Fish’s denial of the legitimacy of Black Lives Matter reflects the failure of the rainbow nation ideology his sportsmanship in Bafana Bafana represented."
Fish was one of the most popular players in South African football at the height of his career and played for Jomo Cosmos and later Orlando Pirates in the domestic game.
Meanwhile Briefly.co.za reported that reigning Premier Soccer League champions Mamelodi Sundowns welcomed back five personnel (staff and players) who have fully recovered from the Covid-19 virus, having spent 14 days in isolation.
Following the PSL’s green light for clubs to train, Masandawana players, technical team and support staff went for their second Covid-19 test while the training grounds were fumigated and prepared for the team.
The training programme was also revised in accordance with the new protocols.
Players who tested positive for the virus had to undergo further medical tests, cardiology and pulmonology, which revealed that there was no cause for concern.
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