Israel Folau in danger of losing Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby Union contracts

Israel Folau has played 73 Tests
Israel Folau has played 73 Tests
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Full-back Israel Folau has landed himself in trouble once again with Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby Union intending to terminate his contract following another controversial social media post

On Wednesday, the 30-year-old posted on his social media Instagram account that "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" should "repent" because "only Jesus saves", and made similar remarks on Twitter.

His tweet came after Tasmanian parliament made it legally optional to list gender on birth certificates which did not go well with the Australian and NSW boards.

A joint statement released by both the boards revealed that the comments from Folau was uncalled for and have intended to terminate his contract after failing to establish contact with the full-back.

"Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation.

"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. 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 discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.

"Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated.

"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.

"In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract."

Earlier, a year back Folau copped criticism for his anti-gay remarks and despite he was warned by the Australian board, he went on to sign contract extensions with both the national and provincial unions.

 

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