Samoa centre Fuimaono-Sapolu suspended
Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has been suspended from all levels of rugby for branding Welsh referee Nigel Owens 'racist'.
The 30-year-old took to social networking site Twitter to voice his displeasure at Owens' handling of Samoa's 13-5 loss to South Africa on Friday that ended his side's hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase.
After several people had criticised Owens on his Facebook page, Fuimaono-Sapolu – who plays for Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership – vented his anger on Twitter.
"I can understand the hate!! Haha good luck u racist biased p...k," he wrote.
"Get s.a (South Africa) into next round. The plan was obvious. Can't wait 2 meet irb (International Rugby Board) members in public."
Fuimaono-Sapolu had already been forced to apologise for using the word 'slavery' to describe the tournament after his team had only three days between their win over Namibia on September 14 and their loss to Wales on September 18.
Fuimaono-Sapolu failed to attend his disciplinary hearing in Auckland on Tuesday and has been hit with a 'provisional suspension' from all levels of rugby.
Because of the Samoan's failure to attend the hearing, judicial officer Jeff Blackett said he would adjourn the case until a later date when Fuimaono-Sapolu could face the charges.
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