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Players in hot water over naked shower photo

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 23, 2014 at 10:37 am •  Published: May 23, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of top-flight footballers in South Africa could face a disciplinary inquiry after a photograph showing them posing naked in the showers with a trophy appeared on social media.

The photograph shows the Orlando Pirates players covering their genitals with their hands in the dressing room showers alongside the Nedbank Cup trophy following their victory in the final last Saturday. The picture was also widely published in South Africa's mainstream media.

Pirates administrative manager Floyd Mbele told the South African Press Association on Friday that those involved could be disciplined, although he said "this is the first time that we are dealing with such an issue in the club."

Mbele said the photo being made public and not the celebrations was the problem.

"Who are we to condemn players for celebrating?" he said. "I mean you can ask most sports codes and it's something that happens, so this is not unique to Pirates. The fact that it's out in the media is another thing. But how many players get into their dressing rooms and do funny things after winning matches?"

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