8 Nov 2011

Fuimaono-Sapolu censured for more tweets

3:47 pm on 8 November 2011

Samoan rugby international centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has been banned for three weeks by England rugby officials for comments he made on social network site Twitter.

Fuimaono-Sapolu, who plays for English side Gloucester, was censured for remarks he posted about Saracens' Owen Farrell after Gloucester's loss in October.

The player has also been pulled up for making further critical comments about the rugby disciplinary process, the Rugby World Cup and the International Rugby Board.

His suspension runs until 28 November.

He was recently given a six-month suspended ban for tweets he posted during the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

On that occasion, Fuimaoino-Sapolu accused Welsh referee Nigel Owens of being racist and biased following Samoa's defeat by South Africa.

It was agreed his sentence would be suspended for two years if he retracted his comments and apologised to Owens, completed at least 100 hours' rugby community work in Samoa, and pass a recognised referee's course.