Telegraph writer James Corrigan said that throat-slitting gestures in the haka should have been dropped as it was ill-timed after a minute’s silence was held at Eden Park for the victims of the Manchester bomb and London knife attacks.
“Nobody wants it to turn into an international incident, but surely someone in the Blues set-up should have spotted the tasteless juxtaposition,” Corrigan wrote in the Telegraph.
Like the Haka but not throat-slitting gesture today. Also think it’s daft Lions have to face eight more in 28 days. https://t.co/FCKKdCF3CG
— James Corrigan (@jcorrigangolf) June 7, 2017
“Performing a tribal dance which concludes with a collection of throat-slitting gestures in the direction of the British and Irish opposition.
“Warren Gatland’s men will see more tongues than the average dentist, but we can only pray that the throat-slitting desists.
“It is not necessary, and although the purists will assure us nothing violent is intended and it is more a mark of respect, it does not always appear that way. And it definitely seemed ill-suited and ill-timed at Eden Park in this of all weeks.”