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Ken Laban – Pacific values ​​at odds with Manly Seven

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A leading sports commentator believes Manly players who refused to wear rainbow-themed jerseys are out of step with the majority of the Pasifika communities.

A leading sports commentator believes Manly players who refused to wear rainbow-themed jerseys are out of step with the majority of the Pasifika communities.

Manly lost the match without the seven frontline layers, who cited religious and cultural reasons for refusing to wear the team-issued jersey as a sign of support for diversity and inclusion.

Ken Laban says that while people should be free to voice their opposition, the Pasifika community has come out of bigotry.

“I come from a strongly pro-LGBTQ+ family and support the rainbow. Our family was part of the rainbow community even before it was called the rainbow community, as were a number of whanau who listen, in fact I would almost say the majority of whanau who are listening would oppose the position taken by these seven players,” said Mr. Laban.

Mr Laban said rugby clubs could change player contracts in the future to avoid more incidents.