Campese apologises for 'Fawad Ahmed go home' tweets
Former Australia rugby union international David Campese has apologised for suggesting Australia's Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed should "go home" for seeking permission to play without a sponsor's logo on his kit due to his Muslim faith.
Ahmed was given Australian citizenship in July and made his debut for the country in the recent Twenty20 series in England.
The spinner has not been wearing the logo of brewing company VB on his shirt, with Cricket Australia having agreed to his request. Campese sparked a row with his criticism of Ahmed on Twitter, which were strongly criticised on the social network.
When a fellow Twitter user suggested that Campese’s “go home” comment could be considered racist, 50-year-old Campese replied: “well why did he come to Aussie for in the first place. A better life? Now he is telling people what he wants.!”
Now Campese has followed up his remarks from last week by suggesting his words were misconstrued, but also with the promise of an apology that he wants Cricket Australia to relay to Ahmed.
He wrote on Twitter: “Just like to say sorry for a comments. It is about sport and never has or will be about religion. Any who knows me can tell you that. “I will be ringing the ACA to say sorry and to pass my message on. Sport is about team work and team.that was my point. Sorry again.”