Seven rugby players in Australia They will boycott for religious and personal reasons Your team’s decision to wear the rainbow pride jersey to the match LGBThis coach reported on Tuesday.
The Manly Sea Eagles jersey, unveiled the day before, has LGBTI identification colors on the sleeves and around the torso advertising; This Thursday will be used during a game against Sydney Rooster, both teams from Sydney.
“(They) won’t be wearing the shirt because of It goes against their cultural beliefs His coach, Des Hassler, said in a press conference, confirming that the rest of the players will wear the announced uniform.
The coach admitted that they had not consulted with the players about the use of this jersey, which leaves the participation of these seven athletes intriguing.
The intent of the shirt Support for defense and human rights Related to gender, race, culture, ability and LGBTI movements. Unfortunately, the implementation of what was intended to be an extremely important initiative (…) was deficient,” said the coach, in a public apology.
The province that even the Prime Minister spoke of, Anthony Albanesewho noted the importance of respecting “everyone for their own nature” and “sport being more inclusive”, in the data collected by the public channel. ABC.
Albanese also paid tribute to his friend and former Eagles player Ian Roberts, who in 1995 became the first elite rugby league player to come out as gay.
Roberts was not the first gay player“He was the first to have the courage to come out of the closet, paving the way for others to do so,” the president stressed.
“It’s the same as love,” Sports Minister Annika Wells said on Twitter when referring to the issue.
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