Shane Warne Denies Anti-Immigration Comments In Viral Far-Right Meme
Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne has denied responsibility for anti-immigration comments attributed to him in a meme from a far-right Facebook page.
Warne, one of the greatest players to ever pull on the cricketing whites, has been unwittingly drawn into a Facebook controversy -- with the page responsible seemingly deleted from the platform overnight.
A black-and-white image of Warne was posted on the page of Future Now News, a far-right organisation whose website lists 'campaigns' including 'stop abortion', 'white genocide', 'fight Safe Schools' and petitions to limit immigration.
Its Facebook page, with around 7000 fans, posted the graphic on Monday. The image bore a quote attributed to Warne, which read in part "whose team are the politicians batting for? Not Australia".
The Future Now News page posted it with the caption "very true! Spot on Shane".
The post garnered hundreds of comments and around 3000 shares. Many of the comments praised the quote, and Warne, while a minority did question whether the cricketer had actually said it.
Warne has since denied he ever uttered the quote, saying "someone has made it up", in response to a journalist's query.
10 daily has reached out to Warne's management for further comment.
It is unclear where the image came from, or who created it.
The image of Warne used in the graphic appears to be from a media event the cricketer held in February 2017.
10 daily could also not find a source for the quote itself.
The Future Now News page also appears to have disappeared or been removed, from Facebook overnight. The Warne post, too, has been removed from the platform.
The reasons for the page's disappearance are unknown, but 10 daily has reached out to people connected to the page for further comment.
The page was reportedly also taken down in March, following the Christchurch terror attack, after it shared posts critical of 'Egg Boy' Will Connolly and in support of Senator Fraser Anning.