Rugby Australia terminates Israel Folau’s contract
Australian Rugby player Israel Folau’s contract has been terminated following his anti-gay posts on social media last week.
The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit found that Israel had committed "a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct” and consequently ended is 4-year contract. Folau has 48 hours to accept the termination or decide to refer the decision to a code of conduct hearing.
The 30-year old had previously been warned about his behaviour on social media and his expectations as a player. Folau failed to meet those obligations by continuously posting anti-gay views on his social media platforms. RA Chief Executive Raelene Castle declared “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.”
The devout Christian has since not removed any homophobic posts on social media and commented on the matter, "First and foremost, I live for God now. Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that's not to continue on playing, so be it."
Folau was expected to be a key part of the Australia squad later this year in Japan for the Rugby World Cup but will now evade the chance of being selected. Head coach Cheika said it would be impossible as he does not represent everyone in Australia.