Welsh rugby bosses ban Tom Jones’ hit Delilah
Cardif: A popular Tom Jones song, regularly heard at Welsh sporting events, will not be performed at the Six Nations tournament due to allegations of sexism, bullying and racism at Welsh rugby union.
delilahwhich was first published in 1968, contains lyrics that are “problematic and disturbing for some supporters,” according to a statement issued on behalf of the WRU on Wednesday.
The song is about a jealous lover who sees a woman, Delilah, with another man. One line reads: “I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door; she stood there laughing, I felt the knife in my hand and she stopped laughing.”
It’s one of 82-year-old Jones’ signature songs and was also performed by the Welshman at the MCG ahead of the 2014 AFL Grand Final.
It will not be sung by a male choir before Wales’ game against Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday, nor at future games. Wales are also playing England at home in the third round of the tournament.
“delilah will not appear on the playlist for rugby internationals choirs at Principality Stadium,” the venue’s statement read. “The WRU removed the song from their halftime entertainment and music playlist during international matches in 2015.
“Guest choirs have also recently been asked not to play the song during their pre-game and during-game performances.
“The WRU condemns domestic violence of any kind.”
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