Agree AZ. The tweet reeks of bad taste and ignorance really. Reminds me that after 9/11, some Sikhs were verbally and physically abused in the USA (dunno about Oz) as ppl thought they were muslims (beard+dark skin= muslim for some ppl).
To go back to your initial post on this thread if I may, I have seen racism in my time here in Oz. As a recognizable foreigner through my accent, I can't tell you the number of times I have heard things like "I'd rather have white euros like you than Asians or Arabs in our country". Again, I think they thought it was a compliment and didn't even think I was a foreigner and was likely to have foreign friends or gf (which was the case) or just that it was an offensive comment. Again, ignorance really. So ppl 'who look different' might not hear that here in oz but it doesn't mean ppl do not think/make these kind of comments. They do (I sometimes read things on the roar that shock me but it seems roar mods do not see the racial aspect in the comment/sentence written).
I think Gallas said he had better offers in those countries but preferred the Oz challenge/lifestyle. (bluffing?)
IMO, the mistake was made by Perth, not Gallas. I have said it before: no disrespect to Gallas, but imo he isn't the type of guys who would bring much to the team (at his age) AND bums on seats. As Franko says below, it all depends on the marquee player himself and Gallas (or Contreras) aren't 'marquee' players for the aussie market. You would bring more bums on seats in Oz if you had signed a guy from One Direction, an afl player or an nrl bloke who has never touched a round ball in his life. That's the aussie market, it has to be 'a star" or fairly renowned guy (AdP, Heskey, Yorke) or a name. If you cant afford that, better invest in good players either local or overseas, who aren't marquee.
That's the type of ideas you come up with when you are desperate to raise your profile and make money. ARU needs cash, RFL needs exposure outside the league market in GB.
It is sad, in a way, to see federations 'that' desperate. Pulver is out of ideas and you have the impression he wouldn't say 'no' to any lucrative deal that may help finance his domestic project.