Virgin MD explains why they expelled customer wearing political t-shirt

Virgin Active said an investigation is underway after a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) activist was kicked out of a gym in Houghton because he was wearing a political T-shirt.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Ross Faragher-Thomas, MD of Virgin Active.

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We support freedom of expression. However, we ask members to be respectful of the responsibility that goes with freedom of speech.

Ross Faragher-Thomas, Virgin Active MD

We didn’t ban or evict him. He can come back and train with that same t-shirt on.

Ross Faragher-Thomas, Virgin Active MD

I didn’t enter the gym with a journalist. It was coincidental that he was there.

Muhammed Desai, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions South Africa

I was told to leave the gym or they’ll call the police.

Muhammed Desai, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions South Africa

I see Israeli Defence Force t-shirts all the time at the gym. I accept that is their right.

Muhammed Desai, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions South Africa

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