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MP warns decision to omit Lichfield Ladies from new elite rugby league may breach equality laws

Lichfield’s MP has warned plans to leave a city team out of the new elite Women’s Super Rugby league could breach equality laws.

The RFU’s decision to omit Lichfield Ladies, one of the country’s leading female teams, from the competition has led to a petition signed by thousands.

Michael Fabricant MP

And now Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has written to the RFU’s chief executive Ian Ritchie to question the wisdom of the move.

“I have asked the RFU board to reconsider their decision to restrict the Women’s Super League to just 10 teams when the men’s league has 12 teams. I have asked that the Women’s Super League also be 12 which would enable Lichfield Ladies to be included.

“Most importantly, I have pointed out to Mr Ritchie in my letter that by discriminating between the men’s and ladies’ leagues it is in breach of the spirit of the Equalities Act. Indeed, it might actually be in breach of the law itself and they should take legal advice.

“In any event, having seen our ladies team play, I hope they will change their decision accordingly.”

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1 Comment

  1. JimBob

    14th March, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Lichfield Ladies deserve better treatment, but having rent-a-quote Micky on side really isn’t a great idea. Touting ridiculous suggestions this is somehow breaching equality laws just cheapens the argument. This isn’t about women vs men, this is about the sport and the impact Lichfield has on it. As for his stereotypical final comment, really? Are we really saying using the ‘big, butch rugby playing women’ stereotype? Honestly, it scares you to think this buffoon – who has previously said he’d like to punch a woman – is still elected without question.