Thursday 8 July 2010

Mercury saves rugby player from deportation

A promising young rugby player who feared he was to be deported has won the right to stay in the UK after a Leicester Mercury campaign.
Manu Tuilagi, a 19-year-old Leicester Tigers player, had been denied permission to remain in the country after he overstayed a holiday visa, and faced being sent back to his native Samoa.
The Mercury reported his appeal against a decision by the Home Office which could have resulted in Tuilagi being deported. Public support swelled as Tigers fans, the club and local politicians got behind the campaign.
Yesterday (Wednesday), the Northcliffe title reported that the Home Office had decided to reverse its original decision, allowing Tuilagi to stay in the country.
Source: Newspaper Society

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