Northampton investigating South African tweeter

Aviva Premiership Rugby Clunb Northampton Saints are carrying out an internal investigation on South African hooker Brett Sharman over a Tweet he made on Twitter.

The South African hooker who frequently covers for Dylan Hartley when he is away on international duty joined the Saints in 2008 but could be forced out over the tweet.

Sharman who lives in England has since deleted his twitter account but made the tweet about Britain’s Somalia-born double gold Olympic medal winner Mo Farah

Sharman tweeted, “Good luck Mohammed running for Paki… I mean Great Britain…” on the 11 August when Farah won his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m.

Twenty-five-year-old Sharman apologised the following day and Saints have refused to comment on the details of their investigation.

However a spokesman told the BBC: “Northampton Saints treats all such matters seriously.

“The club has a clear policy regarding social media and is following the procedures set out in that policy.

“Northampton Saints does not comment on individual cases.”

Farah was born in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, but came to live in the UK when he was eight years old.

Farah was more interested in football when he was growing up but was spotted by his teacher Alan Watkinson at Isleworth and Syon School who set him on a course which led to him winning two gold medals in the recent Olympics.

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