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IRB ponders bad-boy's fate

2011-11-27 12:48

Dublin - Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu could be banned from rugby after losing an appeal on Saturday against a six-month suspended sentence imposed for an angry Twitter rant during the World Cup.

The 31-year-old Gloucester player had been punished by the International Rugby Board for accusing Welsh referee Nigel Owens of bias and racism after Samoa's 13-5 loss to South Africa on September 30.

He was also ordered to offer a full apology to Owens and perform a minimum of 100 hours' rugby community work in Samoa within the next 12 months.

Fuimaono-Sapolu's ban could now become active after he was found guilty of misconduct by England's Rugby Football Union earlier this month for a Twitter outburst against Saracens' Owen Farrell.

An IRB statement said it noted the misconduct decision of the RFU and would give it "consideration" in light of the appeal committee's findings.

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Comments
  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-27 14:39

    Samoa should be excluded from all rugby until they learn how to play. Thugs. Disgraceful.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-27 16:43

    Who is Samoa?

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