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London university disbands anti-gay rugby club

London university disbands anti-gay rugby club

The London School of Economics has disbanded its men’s rugby club after members distributed leaflets containing anti-gay and sexist slurs that ‘brought shame’ on the university.

LSE Men’s Rugby Club handed out leaflets at freshers’ fair that said the team would not tolerate ‘outright homosexual debauchery’ and referred to women as ‘mingers,’ ‘trollops’ and ‘slags.’

Nona Buckley-Irvine, general secretary of LSE Student Union said, ‘After considered deliberation and a wide investigation, LSE Men’s Rugby Club will be disbanded for the rest of the academic year and not be allowed to represent LSE or LSESU. They will be withdrawn from any competitions already entered into.

‘The booklets distributed by the Rugby Club are clearly sexist, and demonstrate a culture within a club that is unable to challenge misogyny, sexism and homophobia. This culture, and how leaders within the Club have allowed it to prevail, has brought shame onto the Club itself, the Athletics’ Union and the wider student community.

The club issued an apology in the university paper but no one has taken personal responsibility for the leaflet.

Buckley-Irvine said, ‘It is important to note that in our investigations with members, the Club was blamed as the body who produced, edited, and gave out the booklet. Not one person within the Club was willing to take personal responsibility for the booklets. In this case, responsibility does have to fall onto both individuals and the Club as a whole, and individuals will be sanctioned separately in addition to this decision concerning the Club.’