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Sport Karl Stefanovic endorses national anthem after NRL backtracked on ban

01:40  30 october  2020
01:40  30 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Karl Stefanovic, Josh Morris, Latrell Mitchell, Damien Cook are posing for a picture: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Karl Stefanovic has endorsed the national anthem after the NRL backtracked on its controversial decision to ban the singing of Advance Australia Fair at State of Origin.

The call to scrap the anthem came after an Australian Rugby League Commission commission meeting on Wednesday night with league officials from New South Wales and Queensland.

But after the move upset fans, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys overturned the decision.

On Friday morning, Stefanovic asked sports presenter Alex Cullen whether he 'liked' the national anthem.

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Josh Morris, Latrell Mitchell, Damien Cook posing for the camera: Last year's series was dominated by the national anthem when Indigenous Blues trio Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Josh Addo-Carr spoke out before the game about their refusal to sing © Provided by Daily Mail Last year's series was dominated by the national anthem when Indigenous Blues trio Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Josh Addo-Carr spoke out before the game about their refusal to sing

Cullen said: 'It needs improving Karl. I like the anthem, I like singing it but it needs improving'.

But the pair were in agreement that the anthem should be sung at the Origin.

Stefanovic said: 'I like it, it brings us together'.

'We've had such a divided year. I like it, I love it.'

Barely two hours after the decision was announced to axe the anthem from the pre-match ceremony, the ARLC chairman Peter V'landys bowed to a backlash and reinstated it.

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said there had been discussions across various forums in the short time after the decision was made public, while pressure also came from Mr Morrison.

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a screen shot of Karl Stefanovic in a suit and tie: Karl Stefanovic has endorsed the national anthem after the NRL backtracked on its controversial decision to ban the singing of Advance Australia Fair at the State of Origin © Provided by Daily Mail Karl Stefanovic has endorsed the national anthem after the NRL backtracked on its controversial decision to ban the singing of Advance Australia Fair at the State of Origin

'There's been numerous discussion forums across the media and across Australia today. There've been numerous phone calls today between different stakeholders,' Abdo said on Thursday afternoon.

'The prime minister made a phone call to our chairman.

'We've had a number of fans express their views across a number of different platforms and on that basis the commission met and decided that this decision wasn't the intention and therefore it was important to reinstate the national anthem to start of State of Origin.'

Abdo explained the scrapping of the anthem from Origin matches was made to celebrate the rivalry between the state teams.

The commission decided the anthem was appropriate only to be played at the NRL grand final, Anzac Day games and Test matches, and did not intend to create a divisive political debate.

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a group of football players posing for a photo: Pictured: The Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues stand for the national anthem during the 2019 State of Origin series © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: The Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues stand for the national anthem during the 2019 State of Origin series

Last year's series was dominated by the issue when Indigenous Blues trio Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Josh Addo-Carr spoke out before the game about their refusal to sing.

The anthem was also scrapped at the annual All Stars match earlier this year.

However, the original decision to scrap the anthem for this year's Origin series was made without speaking to the NRL's indigenous advisory group.

Abdo said the NRL's intentions were not politically motivated, and therefore they did not consult with the advisory group before reversing the call.

'Well we didn't speak to them prior to this and they certainly weren't lobbying or actively lobbying or putting pressure on us,' he said.

'That's why we haven't consulted with them on this decision now. This was really a decision the commission made.

'We haven't caved in.'

Abdo also confirmed no player would be forced to sing the anthem and that those decisions rest with the individual.

The State of Origin opener will be held on Wednesday in Adelaide.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Stefanovic said: 'I like it, it brings us together'. 'We've had such a divided year. I like it, I love it' © Provided by Daily Mail Stefanovic said: 'I like it, it brings us together'. 'We've had such a divided year. I like it, I love it' Read more

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Six players from NSW and Queensland stood in silence as Advance Australia Fair was played prior to kick off of game one at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night. As 26,000 fans proudly sang the anthem with Rachel Leahcar, six players refused to sing, included four Blues and two Maroons.NSW stars Payne Haas, Josh Addo-Carr and Cody Walker boycotted the anthem for the second year in a row, as did Canberra Raiders star Jack Wighton. Dane Gagai and Josh Papalii were the only Maroons stars who didn't sing.

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