NEWS
10/05/2011 11:50 EDT | Updated 12/05/2011 05:12 EST

Hearing delayed for Samoan rugby player who derided referee on Twitter

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The hearing for the Soamoan player who disparaged a Rugby World Cup referee on Twitter has been delayed until Oct. 15.

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu asked for more time so he could prepare to answer the misconduct charge and attend a government reception for the team. His hearing had been set for this week. He remains suspended from all participation in rugby.

Samoa lost to South Africa 13-5 last Friday. Afterward, Fuimaono-Sapolu described Nigel Owens' refereeing as "absolutely horrendous" on Twitter. He called Owens "racist" and "biased," adding "get s.a into next round. The plan was obvious."

He was urged on Wednesday to refrain from further comment in social media on his misconduct charge.