NZ club player speaks out on racism

Date published: May 28 2015

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A local Canterbury club player has broken his silence on the racist insults he recently received during a match.

Peni Manumanuniliwa has played over 100 games for Southbridge in Canterbury's Ellesmere sub union, after moving to the area in 2007.

In a television interview, the Fijian revealed that among the insults directed his way last weekend in a match between Southbridge and North Canterbury side Saracens he was called "a n****" and "black c***".

Stuff report that the matter was brought before a local disciplianry committee on Wednesday who ruled that despite there being racist abuse, a culprit or culprits from the opposition club could not be identified, meaning there would be no punishment.

Manumanuniliwa spoke of the effect the abuse had not just on his own mind, but also his family's.

"I have heard it every week. It's really tough when you are playing rugby and they call you these kind of things," Manumanuniliwa told Stuff.

"I pray on a Saturday morning before the game – I pray to God to help us with this kind of thing.

"[My wife] gets down when she hears it, we just go home and we talk about it.

"I love to come every Saturday and play and try and ignore these kind of things. It's hard though . . . I still feel it in my heart that I heard it."

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