ADDED ON: 07/28/2022

Australian rugby league players boycott game over Pride-themed jerseys

07/27/2022 | Washington Blade

An Australian rugby league team will don rainbow-accented jerseys on Thursday in a show of support for the LGBTQ community, but seven of its players who have refused to wear them won’t be playing in the crucial game. The Sydney-based Manly Warringah Sea Eagles announced Monday that the team would wear the “Everyone in League” jersey in a game against the Sydney Roosters, with rainbow stripes instead of the usual white ones, to “celebrate inclusiveness.” While the jerseys were soon celebrated by LGBTQ advocates, they were just as quickly rebuked by conservatives who derided the involvement of “politics” in sports. The seven players cited cultural and religious grounds for their decision to boycott the Thursday game in which the Pride jersey will be worn, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The Sea Eagles are ranked ninth in the National Rugby League, one spot below the Roosters.

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