By now, you’ve probably heard about the controversy surrounding a popular Australian sport.
The red-headed, purple-haired Australian women’s rugby league player was banned from the sport after she posted an Instagram photo of her hair in a rainbow colour.
The controversy came to a head in September when Australia’s chief executive, Mark Bailey, said the sport’s governing body, the ARU, had failed to provide a consistent and adequate response to the controversy.
“The ARU has a long and storied history of engaging with and promoting the sport, particularly in terms of its representation of women in sport and in the community,” Bailey said at the time.
In a statement on Friday, Bailey said the organisation had responded to the ban, which included the banning of two players from the team.
“The sport has always been and continues to be a safe space for women to compete, and the ARUs decision to continue to allow the players involved in the controversy to play, is a reflection of our support for equality in sport,” Bailey’s statement said.
The ARUs statement said the players, who were not named, were suspended indefinitely and will miss out on the 2019 Rugby League World Cup. “
While the ARUC and the players have a responsibility to ensure that all women are represented in our sport, it is important that this is achieved through a process of inclusion, including for women.”
The ARUs statement said the players, who were not named, were suspended indefinitely and will miss out on the 2019 Rugby League World Cup.
Bailey said the decision to ban the players came after a meeting with the players and the organisation’s board of directors, including Bailey.
“They are disappointed with the decision and will be reviewing it in the coming weeks,” he said.
He said the team would “take whatever steps necessary to ensure the women’s team continues to progress and flourish in a safe environment”.
“We are very disappointed to hear that these two players have been banned and disappointed that the decision was taken in such a way that allowed the players to continue playing, and we have offered them a full refund.”
Bailey did not mention the controversial image of her head in the rainbow.
“While I don’t think the rainbow represents a person, the rainbow is a symbol of a collective that represents the rainbow,” he told ABC News.
Australia’s women’s soccer team, the Newcastle Jets, have not commented.
The ARULA decision has sparked outrage on social media, with the hashtag #WeStandWithTheArmenianWomensRugbyLeague trending on Twitter.
It has also sparked criticism from many in the sport community, who said the ARULAs decision was unfair.
Rugger AFL player, Brendon Goddard, has written an open letter to Bailey calling for an end to the ARURs ban on the players.
“I feel for you.
I know you’re the CEO of the ARAU, and I feel bad for your family, and for the players,” Goddard wrote.
Goddard told ABC Radio Canberra that he had spoken to the players but he would not be supporting them.
“[They] deserve better than what they got, so they have got to find something else,” he added.
“But they’re not going to have it in a year’s time.”