Friday, November 29, 2019

Crusaders Keep Name, Change Logo

New Zealand’s Canterbury Crusaders announced Friday that the team will retain their name but change their logo – after a review sparked by the deadly mosque shootings in its home city of Christchurch in March. 

Critics had said the name and branding referencing medieval wars between Christians and Muslims were inappropriate after the attacks, in which 51 Muslims died in attacks allegedly carried out by a self-declared white supremacist. 

Immediately after the killings, the Super Rugby giants stopped parading chain-mailed knights on horseback as pre-match entertainment at home games, and indicated the team logo of a sword-wielding crusader would be phased out. 

But there was resistance among fans to changing the name of arguably the world’s most successful club rugby side, with a record tally of 10 Super Rugby titles, three of them won in the past three years. 

The club finally made the sensible decision to keep the name, but that they would adopt the meaning of crusading for good, rather than the war-like meaning of the term. 

The new logo is a Maori tohu (or symbol), resembling a stylized letter ‘C’ in the club colors of red and black. 

“Ultimately, it was decided that no name better represented the club’s commitment to living their values – crusading for social improvement and inclusiveness, and crusading with heart for our community and for each other – than Crusaders”, chief executive Colin Mansbridge said. 

The club will begin using the said logo immediately but it will not make an on-field debut until 2021, with next year’s kits simply carrying the Crusaders’ name.

Celtic confirmed top spot in Europa League Group E with one game to spare after a comfortable 3-1 win over Rennes on Thursday. 

Lewis Morgan's second Celtic goal came in the twenty-first minute and a Ryan Christie effort (45+1) put us in a commanding position, and Mikey Johnston added to the tally with a superb one-two finish in the seventy-fourth minute. 

Celtic will conclude their campaign in Romania against Cluj in two weeks in a game that is now a dead rubber.

We may have already qualified for the last 32 of the competition but boss Neil Lennon had stressed the importance of winning a group for the first time to ensure the possibility of a more favourable draw.

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