Ex-Oz rugby star Campese apologises for 'Fawad Ahmed go home' tweets

Johannesburg, Sept 10 (ANI): Former Australian rugby player David Campese has reportedly offered an apology for tweeting that Pakistan-born Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed should 'go home' if he did not want to wear a sponsor's beer logo on his team shirt.

According to Sport24, Campese's comments about Ahmed, a naturalized Australian who fled Pakistan in 2009 and claimed asylum, were branded 'bigoted' by Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland.

The report said that following the comments, a South African TV channel temporarily dropped 1991 World Cup winner Campese as a rugby expert, stating that it does not accept conduct which is offensive, intolerant or discriminatory.

Posting his apology on Twitter, Campese said that his comment is about sports and never has or will be about religion, adding that he will give a call to CA to apologise and pass on his apology to Ahmed.

The report mentioned that Campese, who played 101 rugby tests for Australia and once held the world record for international tries, was reacting to CA's decision to allow Ahmed not to wear the alcohol logo because of his religious beliefs.

Meanwhile, a SuperSport TV channel spokesman said that the channel was holding an inquiry into Campese's comments, which would be concluded in the next couple of days. (ANI)


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