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Aussie rugby club sacks cheerleaders

SYDNEY, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The South Sydney rugby league team in Australia has disbanded its cheerleading squad because the dancers made fans uncomfortable.

Screen actor Russell Crowe, a co-owner of the South Sydney, says the decision was about trying to make the club's games a positive experience for the crowd.

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He told The Australian the scantily clad cheerleaders made women uncomfortable and "it makes blokes who take their sons to the (games) also uncomfortable."

The cheerleaders will be replaced by a drum band.

Crowe said his team, was "thankful for the time and effort the girls put in" but the decision to disband them had been greeted positively by South Sydney fans -- particularly women and his own wife, Danielle Spencer.

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