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Ajax deny Pirates claims 04/05/05
Ajax Cape Town have moved to deny reports that Dominic Isaacs threatened to break Orlando Pirates midfielder Lebo Mokoena's leg.

The two teams squared off in a Premier Soccer League clash at Newlands on Tuesday night, with Bennedict Vilakazi's early goal enough to secure the points for the visitors.

But the game was overshadowed by the injury to Mokoena, who was rushed to hospital with a swollen knee.

The Kick-Off website reported the player claimed Isaacs had threatened him all night long, but the claims have now categorically been denied by the Urban Warriors defender.

"There is no substance in the statement by Pirates," Isaacs said. "As a competitor I am always going for the win and looking to get an advantage over my opponent, by these comments are totally unfounded.

"In football you always try and get a fair advantage, but promises to break another player's leg are ridiculous.

"I hope Lebo will find it in his heart to forgive me as the tackle was purely about getting the ball."

Ajax communications officer Shooz Mekuto echoed Isaacs' sentiments, but admitted he was surprised that Kick-Off would run such a story without getting the facts first.

"I think it's uncalled for that a website like Kick-Off, that has the viewing of a lot of people, could carry a story that could cause a lot of damage to a player's career without talking to the parties involved first," he said.

"Our experience in football tells us the game is played for 90 minutes. To continue with creating fire after the match causes tension between the teams and that is not what we are going for ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

"On behalf of everyone at Ajax Cape Town, We wish Mokoena a speedy recovery and hope he will be back in action soon."

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