20 Sep 2011

Apology from Samoa centre after Twitter rant

6:47 pm on 20 September 2011

The Samoa centre Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono has apologised for comparing the scheduling of his team's rugby World Cup matches to the holocaust, but says he stands by his complaint that there has been an injustice.

Samoa was beaten 17-10 by Wales on Sunday in their second game in four days after Wales had enjoyed a week off.

Afterwards, Sapolu Fuimaono commented on social network site Twitter that Samoa's treatment by the International Rugby Board was like slavery, the holocaust and apartheid.

He could yet face disciplinary action from the International Rugby Board.

Samoa will play all four of their group games in the space of 16 days though they have an eight day gap before their third match against Fiji while the leading nations such as New Zealand, Australia and England have three weeks and more for theirs.

The IRB has defended its scheduling says its largely because of TV demands for weekend matches featuring the major countries.