Grand Final Rainbow Flags 'Have Not Been Banned': NRL

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 1, 2017

Security will be tight as fans arrive for the season decider between the Melbourne Storm and the Queensland Cowboys.

The NRL has scrapped political messages being displayed in the crowd at the game's showcase event, with rainbow flags and "yes" or "no" signs being barred from the grand final.

Politicians and activists from both sides of the gay marriage divide have weighed in after pre-game entertainment U.S. rapper Macklemore revealed he would be singing his hit Same Love, a marriage equality anthem.

Rugby league's biggest day continues to be caught up in the same-sex marriage debate with the NRL rejecting reports they have issued a ban on rainbow flags from entering ANZ Stadium.

"There has been no ban on rainbow flags for today's NRL grand final that meet the standard conditions of entry for all major events", the statement read.

While the NRL has stood by its entertainment plans and said it is proud to be supporting the equality campaign, political flags and banners that may cause tensions in the stands will not be permitted.

The Olympic stadium said larger flags were permitted in supporter zones, "provided they [had] been pre-approved by the clubs and the stadium", and that only patrons sporting offensive images or logos would be denied entry.

Fans wearing or displaying inappropriate or offensive logos may be denied entry, which is line with stadium policy for major events.

Thousands of free tickets have reportedly been handed out with sales dragged down by the lack of a Sydney team in the grand final.

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