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Player at centre of racist tweet allegation leaves club

Brett Sharman: Leaves Saints Photo: PA

The rugby star at the centre of a racist tweet storm has left Northampton Saints.

The Aviva Premiership side announced today that Brett Sharman had left the club.

Yesterday it was revealed that the South African hooker was under investigation after posting an alleged racist tweet about double British Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

The message, posted ahead of Farah's Olympic 5,000 metres final 12 days ago, was deleted shortly after it had been sent.

Farah, who added the 5,000 metres Olympic title to his 10,000 metres gold at London 2012, was born in Somalia but came to live in the United Kingdom, aged eight.

South Africa-born hooker Sharman, 25, publicly apologised for the tweet and closed his Twitter account.

The club posted on its website that the 25 year-old had departed the Franklins Garden side.

Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder told the club's website

It is always a shame when someone's contract comes to an end in these circumstances. Brett has contributed a lot to the squad in his time at Franklin's Gardens and we wish him all the best for the future.

– Jim Mallinder

Sharman had not featured in Northampton's match-day squads for either of their final two pre-season friendlies against Moseley and Edinburgh.

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