The Lebanon Rugby League Federation has extraordinarily threatened punishments as far as a jail sentence to players who tape over their logo.
Lebanon players were set to tape over the Lebanon Federation logo in this weekends Test against Fiji. The movement was led by their most high profile players including Tim Mannah, Robbie Farah, Mitchell Moses, Adam Doueihi & Abbas Miski.
The logo has been covered all week since the players arrived in camp. The players have lost faith in the current board, after they failed to capitalise on Lebanon's World Cup success. Subsequently, they boycotted last years Test match however, returned this year amid fears they could be scratched from the upcoming World Cup.
The statement released from LRLF reads, "The LRLF understands from its coaching staff that the playing squad selected for the match against Fiji intends on covering up the Cedars emblem... The LRLF will not tolerate any insult to the iconic, national symbol of the Republic of Lebanon & its people."
It continues to say anyone who covers the emblem will face charges of misconduct, be suspended immediately, be fined significantly & an investigation will be launched into a criminal offence of "denigrating the national emblem of the Republic of Lebanon." ___
Whilst majority of the playing squad does reside in Australia, they will likely be immediately arrested the moment they step foot on their home soil of Lebanon.
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