Defiant Welsh rugby fans are continuing to sing Tom Jones’ hit Delilah in Cardiff today after an attempt to ban the song for allegedly ‘glorifying domestic violence’.
Prior to the Wales versus Ireland rugby match today, the streets of Cardiff rang with the song after Welsh Welsh rugby bosses announced a ban on the Tom Jones classic as its lyrics glorifies domestic violence.
The 1968 hit, about a jealous lover stabbing his unfaithful partner, has long been a Welsh rugby fans’ favourite.
The tune was traditionally performed by a male voice choir before matches at the Principality Stadium, however, this was struck from the playlist ahead of today’s Six Nations.
Sir Tom has previously said the song is not meant to be taken literally and its popularity at rugby matches makes him ‘proud to be Welsh’.
But Welsh Rugby Union – currenty in the midst of a crisis due to claims of a ‘toxic’ culture of sexist, racist and homophobic bullying – yesterday announced Delilah will now not be played by bands at the Principality Stadium, nor sung by choirs, during the upcoming Six Nations.
The WRU removed the song from its playlist during international matches in 2015.
Defiant Welsh rugby fans are singing ‘Delilah’ loudly in streets of Cardiff in spite of sport’s bosses banning the song
But bosses are said to have been spooked by a video this week of the Guernsey Welsh male voice choir rehearsing ‘Delilah’ ahead of the clash with England on February 25.
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