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Disappointment & outcry follows Retief’s controversial tweet

Journalist Dan Retief tweeted what some are calling blatant racism following the final SA vs England ODI.

FILE: The Proteas clinched victory when captain AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 101 during the final One Day International in the five-match series on Sunday. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - There's been general disappointment and an outcry following veteran sports journalist Dan Retief's comments on the Proteas' performance against England with many calling it blatant racism.

The Proteas clinched victory when captain AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 101 during the final One Day International in the five-match series on Sunday.

Retief tweeted, 'South Africa carried to victory by two white Afrikaners - politicians and media commentators take note - for what it is worth.'

Cricket South Africa (CSA) President, Chris Nenzani says the tweet was insensitive, but it has now been settled after Retief apologised.

"We didn't want to mar the good performance that had been knocked out by our team."

Eusebius Mckaiser, author of the book_ Run Racist Run_, says Retief's comment was racist but has applauded CSA for the manner in which it handled the matter.

"If Retief's tweet can spark a discussion about why it constitutes racist ignorance - that would be a very important consequence of his actions."

CSA says de Villiers has also expressed his deep disappointment in Retief's behaviour.