Erasmus was given a suspension by World Rugby however Barnes opened up on the abuse he obtained which compelled him to report two perpetrators to the police. “Criticism on social media rapidly turns into abuse,” Barnes instructed The Good, The Dangerous and The Rugby podcast.
“That’s the world we reside in. That’s social media. However I make the choice to be a referee, make the choice to be on social media. Polly, my spouse, doesn’t make the choice to be a referee.
“On the Saturday evening, there began to be some direct abuse at Polly. Then, the next two or three days, there was direct abuse to Polly, threats of sexual violence and threats in opposition to the children. That takes it to a unique degree. Once you’ve achieved 100 video games, you suppose you’ll be able to put together for many issues. You may’t put together for that.”
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