Marc Batchelor: fast fists and curious company

17 July 2019 - 07:00 By Jeff Wicks and Aron Hyman and Nick Said
Retired soccer star Marc Batchelor, felled by a hail of bullets in a hit-style killing this week, was no stranger to controversy off the pitch.
Retired soccer star Marc Batchelor, felled by a hail of bullets in a hit-style killing this week, was no stranger to controversy off the pitch.
Image: Siphiwe Sibeko

Murdered soccer star Marc Batchelor will be held in memory not only for his sporting prowess, but for his capacity for violence and holding court with questionable company.

The former Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns striker met a violent end near his home in Olivedale, Johannesburg, brought down in a spray of gunfire by motorcycle-borne assassins.

We delve into how his early career was starlit by his achievements on the pitch, but steered toward controversy once his boots had been hung up.

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