The Mauritius Turf Club has rejected a report broadcast by local station Radio Plus in its news bulletins recently concerning the actions of its Chief Stipe on a night out.
Apparently the news insert was broadcast in such a way that it created the impression that the local Chairman of the Stipes, Ian Paterson was in a party where jockeys were also present.
The MTC reports that the truth of the matter is, however, apparently ‘completely different’.
Paterson had visited a restaurant in Grand Bay for a family dinner and after he had already placed the order, three jockeys arrived and headed towards the bar and then later occupied a table not very far from his. (play dramatic music at this point…)
The MTC reports that at no point in time did Paterson even leave his table.
The only time he did so was to shake hands with someone who nodded at him. The person allegedly introduced himself as Mr Atchia.
Yahia Nazroo, a member of the MTC, arrived later and Ian Paterson also greeted him. It seems that this is where the information broadcast by Radio Plus originated.
MTC Communication Manager, Shan Ip Ting Wah, personally called the offending journalist to give her the correct version of what really happened, but Radio Plus had not deemed it necessary to broadcast any clarification since.