Rugby Australia has pressed ahead with plans to terminate Israel Folau’s contract by serving the full-back with a breach notice over discriminatory social media posts.
Folau has been deemed by the union’s integrity unit to have committed a ‘high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct’, warranting the
termination of his employment contract.
Folau last week reiterated his homophobic views on social media
said on his Instagram and Twitter accounts last week that ‘hell awaits for ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters’.
A year ago Folau, a staunch Christian, was warned for making homophobic comments on social media but escaped disciplinary action.
Having published similarly divisive views once again, however, RA announced its intention to sack one of the sport’s most gifted players in a move that would rule him out of the World Cup.
And RA chief executive Raelene Castle declared on Monday morning that Folau is in breach of contract.
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Castle said: “Following the events of last year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as a player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations.
“It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.
“All professional rugby players in Australia are bound by the code of conduct and there is a process in place for any disciplinary matter.”
Folau has 48 hours to accept the sanction or refer it to a hearing but whatever course of action is taken, he faces an uncertain future in sport.
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He has been stood down by the Waratahs and his rugby union career in Australia appears over, while a return to his roots in league has been ruled out by the Australian Rugby League.
Clubs in Europe will also be wary of signing a player who comes with considerable baggage and even Toulon have rejected the possibly of offering an escape route.
The fallout has been felt in the northern hemisphere after England number eight Billy Vunipola offered support for his view on his own Instagram account, resulting in showdown talks with Twickenham.