Video: Man apologises after he was filmed burning Tonga flag after Kiwis' RLWC loss, labelling stunt 'a drunken mistake'

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A young man filmed burning a Tongan flag after Tonga beat the Kiwis in their Rugby League World Cup game on Saturday has apologised.

The man, who has not identified himself, issued a statement to the NZ Herald and asked for it to be made public.

"To the people of New Zealand and Tonga, I sincerely apologise for my actions that took place regarding the video posted on social media on Saturday 11/11/17," the statement reads.

"In no way did I intend for this to take place, as it was a drunken mistake that has great remorse by myself and those involved.

"I apologise for the way this has offended everyone especially the people of Tonga, and there is no excuse for the actions that I have taken.

"I was unaware that this moment had been recorded and had no ill intentions, following this I have since tried to have this removed off the pages that it has been posted on, and hope this public apology will help with doing so."

Numerous people had shared the Snapchat video online after it emerged, with many condemning his actions.

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