Samoan rugby player apologizes for Twitter rants



AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A Samoan rugby player has escaped any punishment from World Cup organizers after he apologized for comparing his team’s scheduling treatment to the Holocaust, slavery and apartheid.

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu vented on Twitter about Samoa’s four-day gap between World Cup matches, saying that Wales’ week off was part of the reason it won a key match 17-10 on Sunday.

Rugby World Cup Limited said in a statement on Tuesday that it considered the Twitter comments “inappropriate” and warned the Samoa Rugby Union on future social media conduct.

The statement added: “RWCL has accepted an official apology and is satisfied with the proactive measures that the union has outlined to RWCL to address the matter.”