6 Oct 2011

Banned Samoa centre disciplinary hearing adjourned

7:34 am on 6 October 2011

Banned Samoa centre Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono's disciplinary hearing has been adjourned until October 15 after the player asked for more time to prepare his defence against misconduct charges stemming from a Twitter rant against a referee.

Sapolu Fuimaono labelled Welsh referee Nigel Owens "biased' and a "racist" on the social networking website in the wake of his side's 13-5 World Cup loss to South Africa on Friday, and was banned from all rugby after he failed to show up to a scheduled hearing on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old had said he had not been informed of when the hearing would take place and a new hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

Fuimaono turned up to the hearing yesterday and it was adjourned to allow the player to prepare his defence.

The Samoa Rugby Union issued a statement earlier distancing themselves from his comments and saying they had tried unsuccessfully to contact the player to inform him of the initial hearing.

The Union says Fuimaono's comments were disappointing by a senior squad member who is supposed to be an ambassador for Samoan Rugby.