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Furious Australians demand missing Cameroon athlete leave after he posted selfies in Melbourne

Furious Australians have told Cameroonian boxer Simplice Fotsala he should return to his home country.

The 29-year-old athlete fled the Commonwealth Games in the dead of night but soon resurfaced in a series of brazen photos taken around Melbourne in April.

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Fotsala posed grinning with his thumbs up in front of landmarks including the city’s Arts Centre, the Seafarers Bridge and Morang train station.

 

Furious Australians have told Cameroonian boxer Simplice Fotsala (pictured) he should return to his home country

The 29-year-old athlete (pictured) fled the Commonwealth Games in the dead of night but soon resurfaced in a series of brazen photos taken around Melbourne in April

The 29-year-old athlete (pictured) fled the Commonwealth Games in the dead of night but soon resurfaced in a series of brazen photos taken around Melbourne in April

Those photos have since been noticed by local Facebook users, who have told Fotsala he should go back to Africa (pictured)

Those photos have since been noticed by local Facebook users, who have told Fotsala he should go back to Africa (pictured)

Those photos have since been noticed by local Facebook users, who have told Fotsala to go back to Africa.

‘Not cool, not smart, not courageous … There are thousands of people lining up to get in to Australia legally,’ wrote one angry Australian.

‘What you did is wrong! Jumping the queue is wrong and what the government giving in to this is totally wrong!’

While some tried to defend the missing athlete, others chimed in to say Fotsala should face deportation.

Fotsala (pictured) posed grinning with his thumbs up in front of landmarks including the city's Arts Centre, the Seafarers Bridge and Morang train station

Fotsala (pictured) posed grinning with his thumbs up in front of landmarks including the city’s Arts Centre, the Seafarers Bridge and Morang train station

A total of eight Cameroonian athletes refused to return home after the Games, including Fotsala (pictured, circled) and weightlifters Olivier Matam and Petit David Minkoumba

A total of eight Cameroonian athletes refused to return home after the Games, including Fotsala (pictured, circled) and weightlifters Olivier Matam and Petit David Minkoumba

'Go back to your country. You are illegal,' said another irate Facebook user on one of Fotsala's photos (pictured)

‘Go back to your country. You are illegal,’ said another irate Facebook user on one of Fotsala’s photos (pictured)

‘They came in under false pretences. They lied. They should be sent straight back, and their corrupt countries banned from participating in any overseas games,’ said someone in response.

‘Go back to your country. You are illegal,’ said another irate Facebook user on one of Fotsala’s photos.

‘We do not want nor need likes like you here. If you can afford to come here to compete then you can afford to do things legally [sic],’ they wrote.

Another suggested Fotsala could stay if he competed for Australia.

‘Only if you box for Australia now since you never showed up to your fight,’ he wrote under a photo album posted by Fotsala.

Another suggested Fotsala (pictured, right, at the Rio Olympics) could stay if he competed for Australia

Another suggested Fotsala (pictured, right, at the Rio Olympics) could stay if he competed for Australia

Fotsala's (pictured) compatriots were more approving, with his photos attracting dozens of comments in French saying 'Congrats' and 'Cool my buddy very well played'

Fotsala’s (pictured) compatriots were more approving, with his photos attracting dozens of comments in French saying ‘Congrats’ and ‘Cool my buddy very well played’

Fotsala’s compatriots were more approving, with his photos attracting dozens of comments in French saying ‘Congrats’ and ‘Cool my buddy very well played’. 

The boxer is one of over 250 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials to either go missing or apply for bridging visas to avoid returning home.

Of those, 50 have vanished while 190 others have applied for refugee status, the remainder having applied for other visa types.

Those wanting to apply for bridging visas had until midnight on May 15 to do so, but it is unclear whether Fotsala was among those who lodged an application.

The boxer (pictured) is one of over 250 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials to either go missing or apply for bridging visas to avoid returning home

The boxer (pictured) is one of over 250 Commonwealth Games athletes and officials to either go missing or apply for bridging visas to avoid returning home

A total of eight Cameroonian athletes refused to return home after the Games, including Fotsala and weightlifters Olivier Matam and Petit David Minkoumba.

Cabinet Minister Peter Dutton expressed his frustration with the missing athletes on Tuesday, and said authorities were hunting for the missing competitors.

‘Border Force is working on that at the moment, but if people go to ground they are difficult to find,’ he told the Nine Network.

‘There will be a lot of work done with the state police forces to try and identify where these people are. Yeah, it won’t be easy, but they will pop up.’ 

 Cabinet Minister Peter Dutton expressed his frustration with the missing athletes on Tuesday, and said authorities were hunting for the missing competitors (pictured is Simplice Fotsala)

 Cabinet Minister Peter Dutton expressed his frustration with the missing athletes on Tuesday, and said authorities were hunting for the missing competitors (pictured is Simplice Fotsala)

 



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