Leicester Tigers’ Nemani Nadolo has made a statement after he labelled a comment made by a fan as “racist”.
The Gallagher Premiership announced five signings yesterday in a bid to bolster their squad.
One of those signings was Fijian back Kini Murimurivalu.
The club announced his arrival yesterday on their website and social media.
One comment was left on the Facebook page which stated: “Great signing but please can we have some players with names we can pronounce lol.”
The comment was picked up by Nadolo, who is a new signing himself, and he made a statement both on his Instagram page and on his Twitter page.
On Twitter, he included a screenshot of the tweet and said: “A comment made on the signing of my mate Kini Murimurivalu by one of the supporters.. sorry but I don’t stand for this s**t…I’ll let head office know tomorrow to change my name to Bob to make it easier for some!.. oh yeah I bet it was joke too #casualRasicim.”
On Instagram, he said: “I don’t stand for this I’m calling it out for what it is… casual racism. It’s just a shame it’s from a supporter of my club! Our name isn’t good enough??”
A spokesman from Leicester Tigers said: “Rugby prides itself on being an inclusive game for all and as a club we do not condone any form of discrimination.
“The club has a proud record of combining local players with signings from other parts of the world and we are certain that the Tigers Family will, as always, warmly welcome all of the new signings to the city and county, as we saw with the overwhelming majority of comments this week.”
Many Leicester Tigers’ fans also commented on the post welcoming Murimurivalu to the club. The comment in question has since been deleted.
Nadolo also tweeted again this morning in a bid to move on from the incident.
He posted to say that he hopes people “can all respect each other whether it’s our name race or religion” and that he was looking forward to a day of training.