Sponsor boils Rice after `anti-gay` tweet

Melbourne: Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice has lost her sponsorship contract with Jaguar after making an alleged anti-gay comment on a social networking site, local media reported on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old swimmer courted controversy with a "faggot" remark on Twitter following Australia`s nail-biting 41-39 victory over South Africa in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

Rice subsequently apologised and deleted the comment but could not save her contract with the luxury car brand.

"We made a decision yesterday, and we`ve terminated the agreement with her," Mark Eedle, Jaguar Australia`s marketing and public affairs manager, was quoted as saying by a newspaper.

Rice will also lose the Jaguar XF car she was given in February when the deal was inked.

Bureau Report

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