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Written Question
Rugby: Equality
Monday 27th July 2020

Asked by: Lord Hayward (Conservative - Life peer)

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the Rugby League authorities about its policies on equality, and in particular homophobia, following the re-signing of Israel Folau by a Super League club.

Answered by Baroness Barran - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

There is no place for racism, sexism, homophobia or any other kind of discrimination in sport. Government’s sport and physical activity strategy ‘Sporting Future’ sets out the ambitions for sport to be at the forefront of equality and inclusion.

Government has frequent discussions with the Rugby Football League on a range of issues including equality. It continues to support national governing bodies and other sports organisations on anti-homophobia initiatives, for example Stonewall's Rainbow Laces Campaign.