Seven Australian rugby league players have vowed to boycott a key match after their team announced they would be wearing a rainbow-themed LGBT jersey to show support for ‘inclusivity and diversity.
The move has sparked vicious debate that has even dragged in the Prime Minister
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles made headlines when they announced last week that they would be the first team in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) to wear pride shirts to promote the LGBT agenda.
In a statement the team declared: “Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will proudly wear a rainbow-detailed jersey to celebrate inclusiveness during our Round 20 game against the Roosters at 4 Pines Park”
Gatewy Pundit reports: According to various reports, the players were not consulted before the decision was made. As a result, several players refused to wear the team’s pride shirt because it goes against their religious beliefs and cultural differences.
The seven players were Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula, and Toafofoa Sipley.
Players Sean Keppie, Kieran Foran, and Reuben Garrick were the three players who modeled it for the promotional campaign.
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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, based north of Sydney, unveiled the strip – which features rainbow piping on the neck, sleeves and around the sponsor logo – yesterday morning, saying it showed support for ‘inclusivity and diversity’.