Rugby Union terminates Asofolau's contract, Court told

Manu Samoa Sevens player, Siaosi Asofolau, has had his contract with the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) terminated.

The decision was confirmed in the District on Monday when Asofolau appeared to face three charges; assault, being armed with a dangerous weapon and throwing objects. The charges stemmed from an alleged dispute at Siumu. 

He pleaded guilty to the charges.  

But before his sentence could be handed down, his lawyer, Afamasaga Michael So'onalole, was queried on the state of the accused’s contract with the Union. 

Judge Fepulea'i Ameperosa Roma pointed out that the pre-sentence report stated Asofolau’s contract with S.R.U. had been terminated, which was contrary to what he told the Court.

Asofolau had told the Court he was told by S.R.U. that they will reconsider him joining the team, once the Court deals with the matter.

He added that he has not been able to train with the team.

In response, Afamasaga said his client had his contract terminated by S.R.U. in September when the matter was reported by a newspaper. 

“On the day it came out in the paper, I received an email (from S.R.U.) that his services and contract has been terminated,” the lawyer told the Court. 

Judge Fepulea'i said he needs to have a written confirmation from the S.R.U. that Asofolau’s contract has indeed been terminated. 

He explained this will be taken into consideration and will have an impact on the sentence that he will deliver. 

The Court then ordered Afamasaga to provide a written confirmation from S.R.U. on the query from the Judge. 

The Sevens player is asking the Court for a discharge without conviction for his sentencing. 

Prosecution and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Iliganoa Atoa, had opposed the submission seeking a conviction for Asofolau. 

The matter has been adjourned on Monday next week for sentence. 

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