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Samoan centre compares Rugby World Cup schedule to the holocaust

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu expressed outrage at the fact that his side were forced to play Wales only four days after competing against Namibia.

Fuimaono-Sapolu has gotten intto trouble with Gloucester in the past for expressing controversial thoughts on Twitter.
Fuimaono-Sapolu has gotten intto trouble with Gloucester in the past for expressing controversial thoughts on Twitter.

SAMOAN CENTRE ELIOTA Fuimaono-Sapolu could be in trouble after he compared his side’s intensive playing schedule to the holocaust.

The team are upset following their loss to Wales, given that they had played Namibia only four days previously.

They claimed there was insufficient recovery time between the matches, and that their performance against the Welsh suffered as a consequence.

Following yesterday’s game, the player tweeted:

“#IRB, Stop exploiting my people. Please, all we ask, is fairness. If they [Wales] get a week, give us a week. Simple. #equity #justice,” he wrote.

“If is obvious the IRB is unjust. Wales get seven days, we get three. Unfair treatment, like the holocaust, like apartheid. F*** U.

“Give Wales 3 days off and give Samoa a week. We would kill them.”

The player has since deleted the tweets, however the IRB are understood to be considering taking action against the player.

He previously was warned by his club Gloucester last May, after he tweeted:

“Saracens: horribly boring but very clinical. No wonder my Super 15 friends are making jokes about northern hemisphere rugby. Owen Farrell put more bombs on us than the US did on Osama Bin Laden. Genocide.”

Fuimaono-Sapolu is not the first person to criticise the World Cup playing schedule for supposedly favouring the top-tier nations.

Television companies put pressure on the organisation to ensure the big teams play only on weekends, meaning there are often fewer available slots for the less eminent nations.

Fuimaono-Sapolu becomes the second sports person in recent weeks to ill-advisedly invoke the holocaust, after Tony Cascarino was forced to apologise for alluding to the tragedy while commentating for Sky Sports.

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