Lebanese footy players are threatened with JAIL if they stick the national logo on their sweaters – but they refuse to fall back from their protest
- According to Lebanese law, it is a criminal offense to denigrate the national emblem
- The protest is due to dissatisfaction with the Lebanese Rugby League Federation
- Some players claim that the federation has underused the success of the team
- If the protest continues, fines and immediate suspension will also be threatened
Lebanese rugby competition players are threatened with a prison sentence if they continue with a plan to stick the national logo on their jerseys.
Senior players, including West Tigers hooker Robbie Farah and Penrith Panthers speed star Josh Mansour, tape the Lebanese Rugby League logo during their game against Fiji in Sydney on Saturday.
The players are protesting against what they consider the Lebanon Rugby League Federation's failure to promote the game after the team's strong show at the 2017 World Cup.
According to Lebanese law, it is a criminal offense to & denigrate the national emblem & # 39 ;.
Farah hit back on the national body on Wednesday and said the players were determined to express their opinion – and threatened to boycott the game.
Players including Josh Mansour (shown with wife Daniella) participate in the protest against the Lebanese Rugby League Federation
Players from the Lebanon team such as Robbie Farah (right) and Adam Doueihi (left) were threatened with immediate suspension if they continued the protest
The federation added that the Public Prosecution Service had been notified of the protest – meaning that players can be arrested when traveling to Lebanon.
& # 39; The LRLF understands from its technical staff that the game selection selected for the game against Fiji aims to cover the Cedars logo & # 39; said the statement.
& # 39; The LRLF does not tolerate any insult to the iconic, national symbol of the Republic of Lebanon and its inhabitants. & # 39;
In addition to the threats of legal prosecution, the LRLF also said that there would be fines for players and immediate suspensions pending an investigation.
Farah said that the players of Lebanon would refuse to enter the field if the LRLF continued their threats.
& # 39; We don't want to go to jail. We just won't play, & he told the Daily telegram.
& # 39; Those people know what happened, they are concerned about their self-interest. They don't listen to us.
& # 39; We don't ask much. They have their blinders on. We didn't want to hide the badge. We thought this was the way we wanted to be heard.
Mitch Moses (pictured with his sister Kat) is again one of the players who risk prison time with the protest
Farah explained the protest last week and said more needed to be done to promote rugby league in Lebanon.
& # 39; We are all so proud to represent Cedars, & # 39; said Farah.
& # 39; The 2017 World Championship was one of the highlights of my career. But as a playing group, we cannot support what is happening with the game in Lebanon.
& # 39; We want the game to grow and thrive and we stand next to those domestic players in demanding change, "he said.
Farah also said he thinks the national team's chances for the World Cup are in danger – a statement that the LRLF completely rejects.
He was one of the players who previously boycotted the test of the same year last year.
The protest is due to the player's dissatisfaction that the LRLF is failing to use Lebanon's success after the Rugby League World Cup 2017, where the team reached the quarterfinals
Declaration of the Lebanese Rugby League Federation on protest of players
- Any player hiding the CEDARS badge – this is the emblem that the federation has chosen to be worn by the representative of the nation – will have to pay misconduct charges.
- Any player hiding the CEDARS badge will be suspended with immediate effect pending the results of any misconduct.
- The LRLF will impose significant fines on persons found guilty of misconduct with regard to this incident.
- The Lebanese public prosecutor has been informed of the incident and will launch an investigation in coordination with the LRLF. It is a criminal offense to denigrate the national emblem of the Republic of Lebanon.
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