When AFLW player and practicing Muslim Haneen Zreika declined to wear a pride guernsey she wasn’t subjected to the “endless mockery” seven Christian Manly Sea Eagles players received, Sky News host Rita Panahi says.
Seven Manly Sea Eagles rugby players sat out of last Thursday night’s clash with the Sydney Roosters over the club’s decision to wear a special inclusive jersey.
The jersey featured a rainbow trim and was worn “to celebrate inclusiveness” during last weekend’s Women in League Round.
The players boycotted the jersey citing religious and cultural reasons.
“It is hard not to see a double standard in the treatment,” Ms Panahi said.
“When it comes to Christians, it’s open season even if the Christians happen to be people of colour.
“The very same folk who characterise any criticism of Adam Goodes or Lydia Thorpe as inherently racist are happy to mock the deeply held religious beliefs of black athletes.”