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LSE Offers Counselling To Students After Rugby Team's 'Sexist, Homophobic' Leaflets

10/10/2014 11:26 BST | Updated 24/10/2014 08:59 BST

The London School of Economics is offering counselling to its students after its rugby team handed out flyers describing women as "slags," "trollops" and "mingers".

The leaflets, which were distributed at the university's Freshers' Fair, also said the team would not accept any homosexual behaviour.

The men's rugby club has since been disbanded for the academic year, after a public outcry over the text.

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The university's Athletics Union (AU), however, has appealed the decision to ban the rugby club, saying it "merely serves to brush these issues under the carpet, delaying progress for another academic year, and pushing the problem onto another general secretary".

Current president Taylor Rampton plays for the university's football club. The football club released a statement supporting the rugby team in condemning the decision, saying: "[The club] would like to formally declare our dissatisfaction with the measures taken against the Men's Rugby Club in response to recent events."

Craig Calhoun, director of the LSE, has urged any students affected by the incident to seek counselling with the university's support services.

"I should like to use this message to apologise on behalf of the School, especially to our female and/or gay first-year students, who had to face this abuse during their first few days at LSE," he said in a statement.

"The School and the Students’ Union both have counselling and support services and I encourage you to make use of them. But the School also has organisations prepared to campaign for change and I encourage you to make use of them as well."

Fellow LSE students expressed their disgust and shock on Twitter:

The club has since apologised for the leaflet, saying the "inexcusably offensive and stigmatising language" did not reflect the views of the team.