RUGBY LEAGUE players and fans from all backgrounds are being urged to strap their boots and sleeves with red tape this week in a sign of solidarity #RedTapeAgainstRacism.
The call-to-action comes after Rugby League coach Juan Jasso – born in the USA with Mexican and American Indian heritage – was filmed being racially abused on a tram in England this week.
A sports lecturer who has lived in the UK for 18 years, Mr Jasso was on his way to work in Manchester when he was called a “f***ing little immigrant” and told to “get back to Africa”.
He was recently player-coach of the first Latin American team to play in the northern hemisphere, at the USARL Nines in Philadelphia in May.
As a stance of non-violent solidarity, people of all nationalities and races associated with the sport of Rugby League are asked to.
- Strap their boots and/or sleeves with red tape when playing, attending or watching Rugby League matches this week.
- Play and spectate in a disciplined manner within the spirit of the game.
- Upload photos of their support to social media using the hashtag #RedTapeAgainstRacism and tag in @LatinHeatRL
Furthermore, people are urged to be conscious of inequality in all its forms when living their daily lives.