Indonesian volleyball player receives criticisms for flashing middle finger after match vs. PH

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An Indonesian volleyball player is receiving a tremendous amount of criticisms on social media after he was spotted raising his middle finger on live television.

Putu Randu has gone viral on social media after he was spotted doing the said bad gesture in front of the Filipino crowd after they won the gold medal against PH during the men’s volleyball final of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at Philsports Arena.

Netizens couldn’t hide their disappointment over Randu’s gesture, calling him arrogant and showing unsportsmanlike even during the match against the Philippines.

“How disrespectful! Sorry but athlete with this kind of attitude is a TRASH,” netizen @masterjoyang said.

“Lastly, he doesn’t deserve to represent your country! Eto papakita niyo? Ganito ba ugali niyo. Diba ang pangit na may ganyan kayong players kasi parang nirerepresenta niya yung buong KAYO!” he added.

Another netizen told Randu that he would never get the respect he wanted after his actions.

“TO HIS FACE, RANDU. THAT’S WHAT IM TELLING. YOU WILL WIN BUT YOU WILL NEVER RECEIVE RESPECT BECAUSE YOU ARE DISRESPECTFUL ATHLETE. IMAGINE REPRESENTING INDONESIA WITH THAT KIND OF ATTITUDE,” @athenaw02 twitted.

“FOR THOSE DEFENDING RANDU, HOW CAN YOU DEFEND THE MIDDLE FINGER HE DID LIVE? HUH? WHAT NOW? THAT KIND OF ATTITUDE FROM AN ATHLETE REPRESING HIS COUNTRY INDONESIA DID A MIDDLE FINGER WOW! WHAT A SHAME INDEED!” she added.

A netizen also brought up the incident where a Filipino saved his Indonesian opponent from possible drowning.

“While our fellow Filipino saved your fellow people from drowning, here you are. #Randu, you won the gold but never the humility and respect!!!,” netizen @eyannmiguel remarked.

Meanwhile, an Indonesian fan said that people cannot blame Randu’s action because he was not the crowd’s favorite during the match.

“You know that your audience reacts to our athlete, moreover the atmosphere is underestimated. You just don’t know his position,” @gabukahatisorry told a critic of Randu.

It can be remembered that Randu became the most talked player during the said match because of his gestures.

The Filipino crowd also cheered when the ball when PH Player Mark Espejo spiked Randu to the face.

Despite the very intense match, Randu said in an interview that he loves the Philippines.

“I love the Philippines,” Randu said after wearing the gold medal.

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