Rugby Australia to sack Israel Folau over homophobic social media post

Rugby Australia plan to terminate Israel Folau’s contract over a homophobic social media post (Picture: Getty/Instagram)

Israel Folau is set to be sacked by Rugby Australia after he shared a social media post which claimed that ‘hell awaits’ gay people.

The 30-year-old, widely regarded as one of the finest players in world rugby, has previously spoken out against gay marriage and has cited his Christian faith as the reason for his views.

Folau switched from rugby league to rugby union back in 2012 and was expected to be among the stars of this year’s World Cup, but the full-back’s future is now in serious doubt.

A statement from Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union on Thursday said: ‘He does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.

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

Folau has ignored numerous attempts from Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby Union to get in touch regarding his controversial social media post.

‘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,’ the governing bodies said in a statement.

‘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.’

Folau has 73 caps for the Wallabies (Picture: Getty)

England and Northampton Saints star James Haskell was among the many high-profile players to speak out against Folau’s views.

‘This is the biggest load of s*** I have ever read. Sport has no place for this crap,’ Haskell said.

‘Keep it to hate groups @IzzyFolau, you arent spreading the lords word.

‘You are spreading hate. You are an unreal player, but a f*****g misinformed bigot.’


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