Former Springbok lock Johan Ackermann is now the head coach of Gloucester in England. Photo: Martin Bennett/Gloucester Rugby
Former Springbok lock Johan Ackermann is now the head coach of Gloucester in England. Photo: Martin Bennett/Gloucester Rugby
Ruan Ackermann left the Lions to join his father Johan at Gloucester. Photo: Martin Bennett/Gloucester Rugby
Ruan Ackermann left the Lions to join his father Johan at Gloucester. Photo: Martin Bennett/Gloucester Rugby

LONDON – Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann and his son Ruan are being investigated over a nightclub incident that left a man with facial wounds.

The altercation occurred in Cheltenham, south-west England in the early hours of Sunday, following Gloucester’s 69-12 win over Zebre in the European Challenge Cup.

Former Springbok lock Johan Ackermann, 47, and 21-year-old Ruan, a loose forward, joined Gloucester prior to the current campaign.

“Gloucestershire Constabulary is investigating a report of an incident which happened at the 21 Club in Regent Street, Cheltenham in the early hours of Sunday morning, 17 December,” police said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The allegation is that there was an altercation between two groups of men, during which one of the men sustained facial injuries.

“The incident was reported just before 1.30am. Police officers arrived shortly afterwards, but all those involved had left the scene.

“Investigating officers will be examining CCTV footage this week and speaking to witnesses. No-one has been arrested.”

Photos of the victim’s injuries were posted on social media by his sister.

Gloucester, who are currently second in the English Premiership, are also investigating the alleged incident.

“We’re aware of the allegations and we’re looking into them,” the club said in a statement. “We can’t make any further comment at the moment.”