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Samoan bad-boy off the hook

2012-01-13 10:26

Dublin - Gloucester and Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has escaped further sanction from the International Rugby Board after the organisation deemed his current punishment sufficient.

Read the IRB's verdict HERE

According to the ESPNscrum website, the IRB was reacting to the three-week ban he received in November 2011 from the Rugby Football Union after the comments he made on Twitter concerning Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell.

After Fuimaono-Sapolu was hit with the suspension, the IRB confirmed that they would investigate whether the Samoan had violated the original terms of the penalty they handed to him during last year's Rugby World Cup.

Fuimaono-Sapolu was given a six-month ban, suspended for two years, following his criticism of referee Nigel Owens and the IRB via Twitter during the World Cup. His suspension was subject to three conditions - along with him refraining from criticising a match official, the IRB or the disciplinary process over Twitter in the future.

The conditions were that he gave a full and unconditional apology to Owens and unconditional retraction of any criticism of him; carry out a minimum of 100 hours' rugby community work in Samoa in support of the International Rugby Board (IRB) high performance programme within the next 12 months; and that the player attends and passes a recognised referee course within three months.

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