Fuimaono-Sapolu loses appeal

2011-11-26 22:05

Paris - Samoan centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu on Saturday lost his appeal against a six-month suspended sentence imposed after an angry Twitter rant during the Rugby World Cup.

The 31-year-old Gloucester player had been punished by the International Rugby Board for accusing 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.


  • Sean - 2011-11-26 23:08

    @Fuimaono ! Cheap shot ! Pathetic !!

  • Rory Litchfield - 2011-11-27 05:53

    Why are refs untouchable? Supporters rant on sports blogs, why cant players speak their minds? Freedom of speech ? Soon sport will hsve no characters with any independant thoughs left .....

  • Walter - 2011-12-01 14:36

    Had he made proper proefessional comment it would be different, but he was out of line with total unfair comments. He should have been more concerned with their behaviour against the boks than this. In terms of the games being close to each other, he had good cause, but definately not in the way he did. If it was such an issue, why did he not make a professional issue of it before the time. I think all level headed people will agree that one does not act the way he did. Blaming everything on race again - pathetic. He should blame his drinking absent team management rather.

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