Outrage continues over Thomson suspension

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 08:58 16/11/2012
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UNDER THE PUMP: Adam Thomson's one-week ban was been criticised by many for being too short and is now under official review.

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Serial tweeter Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has joined the outrage over All Black Adam Thomson's one week ban, describing the judicial process as "comical".

Samoan centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu caused a storm during last year's World Cup with his prolonged attacks on the rugby establishment.

He then copped a three week ban for tweeting questionable remarks about Saracens player Owen Farrell during an English Premiership match when he was playing for Gloucester.

But he's mystified that Thomson's rucking of a Scottish opponent's head last Monday could be seen as a lesser evil.

"I got 3 weeks for sarcastic tweets. So had I just rucked Farrell's head I would have got only a week? Its just so comical these days," Fuimaono-Sapolu tweeted.

The International Rugby Board is considering a review of the Thomson case.

Inconsistencies in rulings continue to plague the game and raise eyebrows.

The Wallabies are believed to be puzzled after their lock Rob Simmons received an eight-week ban from the same disciplinary committee for a tip tackle on French flanker Yannick Nyanga last weekend.

London's Telegraph newspaper was strong in its condemnation of the Thomson decision yesterday and continued that theme today.

They reported on Fuimaono-Sapolu's response and said that "among those complaining on Twitter were coaches of underage teams attempting to teach legal rucking".

Times of London rugby writer Stephen Jones, a long-time critic of the All Blacks, joined chorus, tweeting: "Latest from rugby's clean up campaign. A measured, cynical head stamp is a one week ban. And there's one law for All Blacks. Disgrace"

While Thomson can consider himself fortunate some balance should be brought into the claims that the All Blacks receive a golden run at the judiciary.

Richie McCaw has been constantly targeted with cheap shots by opposition players this year with both Springboks and Australian culprits getting surprisingly light sentences.

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