Only days after they speculated, they would, Australian rugby Union authorities have now “officially” ended their contract with Wallabies fullback Israel Folau over his “hell awaits” gay people comments he published on his social media account last week.
In a statement from Rugby Australia they said the 30 year old “had committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players' Code of Conduct warranting termination of his employment contract”.
The World rugby star who has 73 caps to his name was expected to play a major part of Australia’s world cup bid in Japan later this year however, he now finds himself with 48 hours to except the decision of face a code of Conduct hearing.
Folau had a contract with Rugby Australia untill 2022 and only recently signed a renewed four year deal with Sydney based Super Rugby side NSW Waratahs, despite being warned over similar comments just over a year ago.
Speaking on behalf of Rugby Australia their Chief executive Raelene Castle followed up the news of their decision with;
“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.”
The player himself a devoted Christian seemed unphased by what has occurred over the past seven days since he posted;
“Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators – Hell awaits you.” on his Instagram account.
He has never removed the offending post and at the weekend told Sydney press that he was standing by what the bible says!
In his brief interview with the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper he continued to say;
“I share it with love. I can see the other side of the coin where people's reactions are the total opposite to how I'm sharing it.
“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,” he added.
“In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.”
With his Rugby union career finished in the southern hemisphere the former Australian rugby league international has already had a return to the xiii as side code ruled out and it is doubtful if he will be able to resurrect his less than perfect Australian rules football career.
Meaning the decision has now to be made by the governing bodies of both codes in the northern hemisphere as to give him a second chance over here or back their counter parts in the south.
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