Christchurch winger Sake Aca asked to be subbed off the field during the Division 1 Hawkins trophy club rugby final after being subjected to racial abuse according to nzherald.co.nz
Aca, a former Police officer in his native Fiji, claimed he was racially abused so badly from supporters, who he believed were cheering for Lincoln University, that he had asked his coach if he could leave the field.
“I left the field and had a seat on the bench and I was thinking of my family, my two daughters and my wife,” said Aca.
“We all make mistakes.”
Aca has reportedly forgiven the supporters who racially abused him but has still asked the Canterbury Rugby Union to find the spectators who yelled the abuse and take action against them.
In a statement released by Canterbury Rugby Union (CRU) community rugby general manager Tim Gilkison, Gilkison claims that the Union’s main focus remains on identifying the individuals involved.
“We’re trying to establish whether we can identify [those responsible] through any sources that we’ve got, like footage of that fixture,” said Gilkison.
Dr. John Hay, vice-chancellor of Lincoln University, stated that the University was conducting their own investigation into the matter and that the University was working hard with the Canterbury Rugby Union to identify those involved.
“Lincoln University in no way condones behaviour of this kind in any sporting code and is saddened to hear that this occurred at the rugby match,” said Hay.
“The University will work with the Canterbury Rugby Football Union, as well as conducting our own internal investigation.”