Not all Poms are big girl’s blouses

The poor wee diddumses who want to ban tackling in Rugby are getting a bit of pressure.

Campaigners seeking a ban on tackling in school rugby have been on the receiving end of a backlash which included homophobic and sexist abuse, while one supporter claims that he was told not to attend a key event this weekend.

In what he views as a punitive measure after speaking this week in support of the proposed ban, Adam White, a board member of the England Rugby Football?Schools Union (ERFSU), said he had been asked not to attend a prestigious rugby schools event this weekend at the Allianz Stadium, the home of Saracens, where he was due to act as a safeguarding officer.

White told the Guardian on Wednesday that restrictions along the lines of those proposed in an open letter signed by 70 doctors, health experts and academics were the only way to keep young people safe.

He said: ?I am extremely disappointed that there already is the closing down of discussion in the RFU [Rugby Football Union] of some voices. It is quite evident that they are trying to lead the narrative on this and are perhaps not happy to listen to opposition.?

The RFU said White had offered to step down from the safeguarding duties, adding: ?This was not instigated by the ERFSU or the RFU. There is no action presently being taken against Adam as a result of his media interviews this week. He is free to express his opinions, although it should be emphasised that he is not speaking on behalf of the ERSFU board.?

While the campaign has sparked passionate debate, a lead signatory to the letter said some of the criticism he had received included homophobic abuse. ?

Eric Anderson, professor of sport, masculinities and sexualities at the University of Winchester, was targeted for abuse after a Daily Mail article on Thursday which described those behind the campaign as ?a motley scrum of lefties, gender obsessives and gay campaigners?.

Messages sent to him included one which read: ?From an article in today?s Daily Mail it would appear that you are a pervert of extraordinary proportions and should be prosecuted for abusing young boys and men.?

Anderson said the Mail article had attacked him using comments which he said had been taken out of context and misrepresented. ?I have received a number of emails ? along the lines of ?you are a pervert, I can?t believe our taxpayer?s pounds are being wasted on this?.?

Anderson said that many other messages of support had been sent, in some cases from those involved in playing, coaching and running rugby at a local level.

He added that the abuse did not reflect the culture of rugby today, adding: ?My research into rugby shows, in fact, that rugby players are collectively a very gay-friendly, progressive group of people and I have published research on that and praised rugby for that capacity. I am not at war with rugby. I am at war with concussion and have respectful exchanges of views with those who disagree with me.?

What a bunch of poofs…first they want to ban tackling in Rugby, and now they are crying because someone got up them about their pansy attitudes.

Hopefully our academics in this country are somewhat smarter that the pommy professor of sport, masculinities and sexualities (whatever the heck?that is ). New Zealand is Rugby mad but you never know what some la-di-dah poof with his nose out of joint might propose next.

Rugby is about tackling…it is part of the risks of life, but panty-waists like this?professor of sport, masculinities and sexualities want every human enterprise and enjoyment to have the risk and therefore the fun taken out of it. I bet he is the sort who apologises after having an orgasm because he enjoyed himself too much.

 

– The Guardian

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