Samoan rugby star Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu was provisionally suspended from all levels of rugby on Tuesday after calling Welsh referee Nigel Owens “racist” in a Twitter message. Oops.
The center, who in an earlier Twitter post had claimed that World Cup tournament organizers were guilty of “slavery” for how they treated teams during the tournament, didn’t show up to his disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and was suspended.
His outburst followed Samoa’s 13-5 loss to South Africa last week. That loss ended the team’s tournament hopes.
Sapolu has claimed that his team was the victim of a conspiracy and ripped Owens after some people on the Welshman’s Facebook page criticized the referee for some of his calls during the match.
The offending Twitter post said the following:
“I can understand the hate!! Haha good luck u racist biased prick”
“Get s.a into next round. The plan was obvious. Can’t wait 2 meet irb (International Rugby Board) members in public”