13 Feb 2009

Fiji police place security cordon around rugby union offices after threats

4:38 pm on 13 February 2009

Fiji police have confirmed that they are providing protection for Fiji Rugby Union officials after threatening telephone calls and text messages had been sent to staff at the Union's offices.

The disappointment at the recent sacking of rugby icon Waisale Serevi as the sevens coach, and a dismal performance by the sevens side in Wellington last weekend, has led to some fans from the sports mad nation directing their anger at the current coach Iliesa Tanivula and Fiji Rugby Union staff.

Police spokesperson Ema Mua says while she doesn't expect the situation to escalate their responsibility is to ensure the law and public safety is intact.

"We do not and we will not interfere with the policy issues that surround the Fiji Rugby Union and Mr Serevi, we will however, be responsible for the security and the safety of Mr Serevi and the the Fiji rugby official."

The sevens side is currently in San Diego where it will play Wales first up on Sunday in the next leg of the series.