The Fijian Rugby Union has condemned two rugby players who were arrested last night after recently flying into the country from abroad.
It is being reported that the two sevens players did not self-isolate after returning to Fiji, potentially putting their families and the island at large at risk from further COVID-19 infections.
Media reports suggest the pair were arrested along with 60 others across the country for offences related to the containment of the virus.
Fiji currently have a total of 12 COVID-19 cases.
A statement reads: “Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor, has this afternoon strongly condemned and expressed great disappointment towards the actions and behavior of two rugby players who are believed to have returned to Fiji recently and failed to follow lawful instructions regarding self-isolation to protect other Fijians at risk of catching COVID 19.
“We strongly condemn the behavior of these two players and their disregard for lawful instructions to self-isolate themselves.
“The Fiji Rugby family wants to put on record our great disappointment at the irresponsible behavior of these two players putting their families and other Fijians at risk. Such irresponsible behavior is totally unacceptable, and we support the actions of the Police in arresting these two players and any further action taken against them.
“Fiji Rugby will take appropriate disciplinary actions against the professional rugby players including reporting this highly irresponsible behaviour to their Clubs and World Rugby,” O’Connor highlighted.
“Mr O’Connor further extends his gratitude on behalf of Fiji Rugby to all the Affiliate Unions and the staff, rugby players, match officials, administrators and supporters for their support in these difficult times and urged the Rugby family to stay home, be safe and comply with all instructions given by Government.
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