Tension as Muslim Player Refuses to Wear Club's Pride Jumper and Will Miss Important Game

Tension as Muslim Player Refuses to Wear Club's Pride Jumper and Will Miss Important Game

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Haneen Zreika has rejected her club's offer to wear LGBTQI jersey for their next match on Friday night, January 28
  • The 22-year-old Australian rules player is said to have turned her back into the kit based on her Islamic religion
  • Those in charge of Greater Western Sydney Giants where she plays for are said to have refused to make better explanation on the issue

Haneen Zreika who is an Australian rules footballer has caused serious talks among fans around the world following her refusal to wear LGBTQI jersey because of her faith.

The 22-year-old who is currently playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the AFL Women's was reported to have rejected putting one any attire that has to do with LGBTQI.

There have been reports that between 75 and 80 per cent of the AFLW competition identify as being LGBTQI.

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Australian rules footballer Haneen Zreika in action. Photo by Mark Metcalfe
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And according to the report on Daily Mail and Guardian, Haneen Zreika first informed her teammates the decision she took not to wear the kit and they are all said to have agreed with her.

The reports added that Zreika's club have made their list for the Friday's night game citing private reason on the 22-year-old's omission.

Who is Haneen Zreika?

Zreika grew up in Western Sydney and was the first Muslim AFLW player when she debuted in 2019 coming to Australian rules football from a rugby league background.

This is the first year that the Giants have had a purpose-designed jumper for pride round which supports inclusion and diversity – particularly for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Aphelele Fassi is only 24-years-old but the talented Sharks and Springboks players is definitely a star of the present and for the future.

Fassi was recently named the Young Player of the Year at the SA Rugby Awards and his win hardly came as a surprise to anyone.

Growing up in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, Fassi attended Dale College Boys' High School where his sporting prowess really shone.

Fassi represented Border U16 and U18 national rugby tournaments and also represented Border for cricket, scoring three hundred during his last year at school. Fassi opted to take up rugby professionally.

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