AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has described Rugby World Cup organizers' treatment of Samoa as "like slavery, like the holocaust, like apartheid" in a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter.
Fuimaono-Sapolu was livid after the 17-10 loss to Wales in Hamilton on Sunday that Samoa had to play the critical match to make the quarterfinals only four days after meeting Namibia, while Wales had a full week off after losing to South Africa.
He dared the IRB to suspend him.
Among his tweets:
"Ok, it's obvious the IRB are unjust. Wales get 7 days, we get 3. Unfair treatment, like slavery, like the holocaust, like apartheid."
"IRB, Stop exploiting my people. Please, all we ask, is fairness. If they get a week, give us a week. Simple."
"I wonder how would these tier 1 teams function after only three days rest."
"Give Wales 3 days off, and give Samoa a week!! We would kill them!!!"
"Hey IRB. Suspend me but give Wales the same days off as Samoa."
The World Cup scheduling was favoured toward TV ratings winners, the big tier one teams who deliver to the IRB broadcasting rights money which, in turn, pays for development of the game in the tier two nations such as Samoa.
Samoa and Wales were in the toughest group in the tournament, alongside South Africa, Fiji and Namibia. Samoa has to play its four pool games within 16 days. South Africa has 19 days and Wales 21.