Rugby Australia ready to terminate Israel Folau's contract

News 11/04/2019

Rugby Australia has told Israel Folau it will terminate his contract unless the Wallabies superstar can explain his latest social media attacks on homosexuals.

On Wednesday night, the Wallabies superstar posted on Instagram, claiming hell awaited "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters", unless they repented.

He also slammed the Tasmania state government for making gender optional on birth certificates.

Rugby Australia was very quick to condemn his comments and have now gone one further, as it sharpens its knife for the final cut.

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"In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract," said a statement from Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union.

RA chief executive Raelene Castle and NSWRU CEO Andrew Hore confirmed the two bodies had tried repeatedly to contact Folau through Thursday, but he had failed to respond.

"Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport," said their statement. "We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.

"Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality."

The statement affirmed that rugby wanted everyone to feel welcome, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexuality.

"As a code, we have made it clear to Israel - formally and repeatedly - that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action."

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