Gloucester stand by coach Ackermann as police investigate bar brawl

Gloucester Rugby will "unreservedly" stand by head coach Johan Ackermann and his son, flanker Ruan, after the pair were reportedly involved in a late-night altercation.

Police are looking into a disturbance that occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, in which the Ackermanns were allegedly embroiled.

An arrest is yet to be made in connection with the incident. Gloucester said in a statement: "Having reviewed the evidence, the club stands by the pair unreservedly."

Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan added: "Having spoken to Johan, Ruan, the club where the alleged incident took place, the police and other independent witnesses as well as viewing subsequent CCTV footage, I am completely satisfied that whilst an incident did take place, it was instigated by others and not by Johan and Ruan as has been incorrectly reported."

Ackermann has guided Gloucester to second place in the Premiership after 10 games, having taken over before the start of the season.

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