Tongan World Cup hero Andrew Fifita has urged fans to stop sending death threats to NRL referee Matt Cecchin.
Cecchin was hurled with abuse across social media and received a number of death threats after a controversial decision saw Tonga eliminated from the World Cup.
Cecchin had to even go to the extent of changing his name on social media to stop the abuse from continuing.
However, Fifita has now taken to Instagram to plea with fans to stop the abuse.
"Today in New Zealand I’m still reading these types of Articles," Fifita said.
"Matt Cecchin is a human being, who has family and friends who deeply care about his wellbeing & health.
"It isn’t nice to here That people are still doing this.
"If you no anyone who is doing this, PLEASE tell them to STOP!!! #STOP Please share and stop this."