SACKED | Rugby Australia terminate Israel Folau’s contract after homophobic rant
Rugby Australia has ripped up Israel Folau’s contract after he posted another homophobic rant on social media.
The Wallabies and Waratahs player posted an image on Instagram last night with the caption:
“Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent.
Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”
The image was a warning that drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters would go to hell.
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It comes almost a year to the day after Folau was reprimanded by Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle for a similar post.
The Waratahs issued a statement early on Thursday morning, condemning the post as “unacceptable”.
Rugby Australia has now confirmed the 30-year-old’s multi-million dollar contract has been terminated, effective immediately.
Full Rugby Australia statement
“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.”
Retired boxer Danny Green was one of the first people to criticise Folau’s latest post.
Speaking with Chris Smith, he says the comments are disgraceful.
“People shouldn’t be preaching and trying to cast their views and morals onto someone else in the community.
“I take offence to anyone preaching, especially someone who says they’re going to burn in hell. That’s just ridiculous.”
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Rugby Australia has launched an investigation, with the star’s multi-million dollar contract in doubt.
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