Mo Twitter abuse rugby signing is defended
Bath Rugby have admitted new player Brett Sharman will need to endear himself to the city after announcing the surprise signing of the South African.
The 25-year-old hooker was caught up in a Twitter controversy over the summer after posting an offensive message about Great Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, who moved to the country from Somalia at the age of 11, during the Games.
On the day Farah won the second of his golds, Sharman posted: "Good luck Mohammed running for Paki ... I mean Great Britain."
The player apologised the next day and also disabled his account. His then club Northampton Saints said they would take disciplinary action but cited a long-standing knee injury for their decision to subsequently cancel his contract.
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Bath head coach Gary Gold – who has agreed a short-term deal with Sharman at The Rec – said the fresh start would give the player the chance to move on from the incident.
"I'm sure he will want to use this as an opportunity to put that behind him," said Gold.
"There's no question that it was a mistake and quite a bad one but I'm sure Brett would like nothing more than to endear himself to Bath's rugby fans."
Sharman arrives at The Rec to provide cover for injured England international Rob Webber.