Lebanon players threatened with jail

The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has threatened players such as Robbie Farah, Mitch Moses and Josh Mansour with criminal prosecution.

Lebanon take on Fiji this Saturday however the national sides Australian-based players are planning to take a stand.

They are unhappy with the way the federation is running the game in the West Asian country and plan to put tape over the governing body’s logo on their jerseys.

However the Lebanese Federation replied stating: “The LRLF will not tolerate any insult to the iconic, national symbol of the Republic of Lebanon and its people.

“The LRLF will seek significant monetary fines on any person found guilty of misconduct related to this incident.

“The Lebanese public prosecutor’s office has been made aware of the incident and will launch an investigation in coordination with the LRLF.

“It is a criminal offence to denigrate the national emblem of the Republic of Lebanon.”

Farah responded to the prosecution threats saying: “We will seriously think about not taking the field this weekend. We are as a playing group united in demanding change.”

The strong words from Farah prompted Rugby League International Federation boss Nigel Wood to immediately fly to Sydney and seek clarification with the Lebanese players.

After a long conversation, the dispute was settled and now the Cedars players will play Saturday’s Test while submitting their complaints about the LRLF to the RLIF in writing.

“We didn’t want to cover up the badge, we didn’t want our hands forced into this action,” Farah said.

“But we thought this was the only way that we were going to be heard.”