Crusaders star makes racial abuse claim

CRUSADERS star Fijian flyer Nemani Nadolo claims to have been racially abused after his team's Super Rugby final heartbreak.

The 26-year old winger tweeted in the early hours of this morning that he was disappointed and hurt at being called an "unfit, chubby n*****".

Many people have messaged Nadolo back to express their disgust and to show their support for him.

Ben Atiga, former Blues player, said he was disgusted but "not surprised" by the racial abuse, saying, "One of my first outings there was quite similar".

Ex-league star Monty Betham told Nadolo that the racism comes from a "blinded minority" and told him that New Zealand loved him.

The abuse came after Nadolo's disappointment in playing for the Crusaders who lost 33-32 to the Waratahs in the Super Rugby final in Sydney on Saturday night.

A last minute Waratahs penalty kick ended the Crusaders' season in heartbreaking fashion.

Nadolo made his debut for the fabled Christchurch-based franchise after three straight losses to open the season.

The massive 125kg outside back was praised for helping turn the Crusaders' year around, and in helping them reach the final.


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