Catalans asked to put provisions in place over rainbow flags

The Rugby Football League have asked Catalans to put provisions in place to avoid confusion over fans displaying rainbow flags in the future.

The Dragons’ controversial signing of Israel Folau drew criticism after he claimed on social media that “hell awaits” gay people and some Castleford fans displayed rainbow flags at the game in Perpignan to show their support of LGBT issues.

Catalans responded to complaints by insisting the only flag requested to be removed during the game was one obstructing an advertising hoarding but they have been asked by the RFL to put provisions in place to avoid any confusion in the future.

An RFL spokesman said: “Whilst no formal disciplinary action is being taken against the club, the Dragons have been issued with an advisory notice regarding improved provisions to prevent any future confusion around policies relating to any flags at the stadium both with spectators and all staff who are employed by the stadium.

“This should include clear messaging to stewards regarding the club’s policy on flags and the club’s and rugby league’s commitment to inclusivity – including the Enjoy the Game campaign – and the right for spectators to respectfully promote this inclusion.”

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7 Comments

  1. What a load of C—P RFL . May be just may be I go to watch the bloke play rugby . May be just may be I just might not like rainbow flags waved in front of me during tha game . So how about a blanket ban on rainbow flags in a rugby ground . That should end the problem . He said what he said get over it .

    • Well said Alex. If I am watching a game, I would not want some crazy people waving any kind of flags in front of me. I go to watch a great sports star play in a great game of rugby league. Sick of hearing them say he hates them. He never said that, he’s a Christian. it’s his belief along with so many more Christians. It’s not just his belief and they were not his words but words from the bible. Leave the man alone now.

  2. Well said Alex. If I am watching a game, I would not want some crazy people waving any kind of flags in front of me. I go to watch a great sports star play in a great game of rugby league. Sick of hearing them say he hates them. He never said that, he’s a Christian. it’s his belief along with so many more Christians. It’s not just his belief and they were not his words but words from the bible. Leave the man alone now.

  3. You do surprise me RFL , what with the following programs for mental health offload , odd balls , RL cares that your allowing the bullying of one man , by fans and other clubs . You really amaze me with your care of a professional rugby player just what the game needs another suicide . To all you gay pride flag wavers , there are fans who support this guy to play rugby league and watch a professional in action . You just couldn’t Adam and Eve it . Or for othe people Bob and Dave or Susan and Mary it . That should be politically correct for everybody .l for one is fed up with this cr-p pointed at one human being .

  4. If that’s a dig at me mate your barking up the wrong mate . Because the thing you put on here was about Muslim parents having sex lessons forced on their children including LBGT . The onl contact I’ve had with muslims is being sent to the gulf war , to keep the likes of you free to write the cabbage you’ve written on here . The fact remain that the RL cares , off load and odd balls was set up to prevent suicide attempts by professional rugby league players and officials because of bulling by the likes of YOU and your gay pride flag waving idiots ruining one mans sporting life by hassling him over his religious beliefs, but you expect to exercise yours on here without anybody saying anything back to you . That’s freedom for you .

  5. At the end of the day most have skeletons in there cupboard, what’s done is done ,let it go,get on and watch a great game and a great player,

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