Seven players from Australia’s Sydney rugby league team Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have refused to play in rainbow jerseys in support of the LGBTQ community.
He cited “religious, cultural and family concerns” as reasons. The boycott has sparked much discussion, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also intervening. He said he hoped the matter would be resolved quickly because it was “a good thing that the sport is becoming more inclusive,” he said.
Due to their resistance, the Pros would not be used in the crucial game against the Sydney Roosters on 28 July.
“In this specific case, I also feel for these players. They were not included in the discussion about shirts,” Manly coach Des Hasler told players of the club’s decision to send players on the field in proud shirts. Referring to. “At the very least, he should have been consulted.”
At the same time, Hustler apologized to all minority groups and the LGBTQ community. “We intended to be sensitive and passionate in advocating for all the diverse groups that face issues of inclusion on a daily basis,” AAP news agency quoted him as saying. The English abbreviation LGBTQ stands for people who have different identities and sexual orientations.
Instead, because of poor management, the action has caused “considerable confusion, discomfort and pain among many,” Hasler said. The coach said that he himself would also wear a rainbow shirt.
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