China says Australia is ‘on fringes of civilisation’ after swimmer Mack Horton attacks Sun Yang

Global Times newspaper refers to Australia’s history as a penal colony in response to swimmer criticising Chinese athlete over doping

A mouthpiece for China’s Communist party has joined the country’s netizens in heaping abuse on Australian swimmer Mack Horton, after Horton disparaged his Chinese counterpart Sun Yang during the Rio Olympics for a past doping incident.

“Whatever the real reasons, Horton has no reason to feel proud of what he said about Sun,” said a commentary in the newspaper Global Times on Monday. “Actually we think Australia should feel embarrassed with Horton’s remarks.”

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