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Cheerleaders on Crowe's rugby club get hook

SYDNEY, Australia -- Russell Crowe says his rugby league
club's cheerleading squad is being cut because skimpily clad
cheerleaders detract from the game and make spectators
uncomfortable.

The Oscar-winning actor, who is part-owner in the South Sydney
Rabbitohs club, said the club had become concerned that the
cheerleaders -- whose uniform includes fishnet stockings and
tasseled miniskirts in the white, green and red team colors -- were
inappropriate entertainment.

"It makes women uncomfortable and it makes blokes who take
their son to the football also uncomfortable," Crowe was quoted as
saying in News Ltd. newspapers Friday.

"We examined game day and wanted to contemporize and make the
focus [on] football," he said.

A team of percussionists will replace the cheerleaders, the club
announced this week. The club's Web site invited drummers to
audition.

Crowe, a longtime Rabbitohs supporter, helped save the club from
obscurity a few years ago before buying a major stake in 2006.

He won an Oscar in 2001 for "Gladiator." The 42-year-old actor
has also received Oscar nominations for "The Insider" and "A
Beautiful Mind."