Gloucester's Samoan centre Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu has avoided further punishment for innapropriate comments made on Twitter after the IRB deemed the three week ban he received from the RFU sufficient.
Fuimaono Sapoluwas given a six month ban which was suspended for two years after he accused Welsh referee Nigel Owens of being racist and biased in a drunken rant on Twitter following Samoas loss to the Springboks at the World Cup in New Zealand.
Despite this the Gloucester midfielder proceeded to launch an aggressive attack on Saracens player Owen Farrell on his return to the Premiership which prompted the RFU to hand him a three week ban.
This led to an investigation by the IRB who appointed Judge Jeff Blackett as the independent judicial officer.
Taking into account all of the evidence, including Fuimaono Sapolu's subsequent restraint since the RFU hearing and his expressed genuine desire to put the episode behind him, Judge Blackett decided to retain the suspended sentence so there were no immediate playing consequences for the Gloucester centre.
Blackett did extend Fuimaono Sapolu's suspension to a six month ban suspended for three years, but opted not to punish him further, adding that this was his "last chance".
"The player must realise that he has been treated exceptionally leniently," Blackett said. "This really is his last chance and I give him a warning in the strongest possible terms that he must comply with the terms of the decision or this suspension will be activated in addition to any other sanction applied for any further offence.
"It is important that the integrity of the disciplinary process is upheld, but it is also important that it is not seen to be oppressive. Therefore, and given his apparently genuine submission that he is 'over the entire twitter saga', I am prepared to deal with this breach of the condition in such a way as to give the player one last chance," he added.
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