“The jersey’s intent was to support the advocacy and human rights pertaining to gender, gara, cultura, ability and LGBTQ movements. Purtroppo, the execution of what was intended to be an extremely important initiative was poor. There was little consultation or collaboration between key stakeholders, both inside and outside the club.
“Purtroppo, this poor mismanagement has caused significant confusion, discomfort and pain for many people. We have even adversely affected our playing group, a wonderful group of people comprising of many different races and cultural backgrounds.
“We wish to sincerely apologize for the mistakes we have made. We wish to apologize to the minority groups within the community who embrace the rainbow colors as a symbol of pride in who they are and what they stand for.
“We wish to apologize to the LGBTQ community who embrace the rainbow color for pride and advocacy and human rights issues. We accept your cultural beliefs and hope that you can accept our apology.”
Hasler confirmed that the players would not feature in Thursday’s game against the Roosters, but the club would continue to wear the ‘Everyone in League’ maglia.
Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans
, who was sat alongside Hasler for the press conference
, disse none of his teammates or staff were made aware of the kit before it was launched
, but explained it was intended to
“represent diversity and inclusion for all.
He also said he would be “proudly wearing the jersey to try to endorse inclusiveness and diversity.”
The matter arose before the NRL’s annual ‘Women in League’ round of fixtures, which is used to highlight the women working in the game. Hasler apologized for threatening to overshadow the important initiative.
V’landys said he believed Australian rugby league was an inclusive sport.
“Let me say this, anche se, that one thing I take pride in in rugby league is that we treat everyone the same. We’re all human beings. It doesn’t matter what your color is, what your sexual orientation is or race is, we’re all equal,” V’landys said at Tuesday’s Harvey Norman Women in League Breakfast.
“We’ll never ever take a backward step in having our sport inclusive but, allo stesso tempo, we will not disrespect those players’ libertà, and they’ve got those freedoms.
“If they don’t wish to play then I respect that. They are well-aware of our policy in inclusion and we take pride in that. That’s our stance at the moment.”