The EG Jansen High School first team rugby coach who shoved the referee after a match and swore at him has apologised, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Schalk Snyman said on Tuesday he was “very sad” about the incident with Mlungiseleli Mdashe.

“Everybody can see on the video what happened, and the context makes no difference, an offence stays an offence,” Snyman was quoted saying.

His future would be decided at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

According to Jurie Coetzee, head of the Valke Rugby Union, and Leon de Beer, headmaster of EG Jansen High School in Boksburg, Snyman had been provisionally banned from any involvement with the Valke and the school, pending the hearing's outcome.

Mdashe said he was considering “a very serious charge of assault, intimidation and undermining my authority”. He said he might proceed with a civil case, depending on the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.

“In the end, I want rugby to win. I hope the right decision will be taken,” Mdashe said.

Snyman attempted to contact Mdashe on Monday and Tuesday to apologise, but Mdashe, acting on the advice of his lawyers, refused to speak to him. – Sapa