Following all the attention from Catalan’s Dragon’s recent controversial signing of disgraced Australian dual code international Israel Folau, the Super league clubs have acted quickly to ensure they have a greater say to stop this situation happening again.
Falou who started his career in League before moving the Union was last year sacked by the ARU for posting a homophobic message on social media after receiving warnings for similar offences previously. He has since settled out of court with the RFU however, they and the NRL have refused to register him as a player.
The announcement last week started a back lash from many areas within the game which has led to Hull KR sending a threat of Legal action to the Dragon’s should they or Super league loss out financially due to this signing. An action publicly backed by several of the Super league clubs since.
The whole thing as also meant an emergency meeting of all the super leagues clubs was called and held at the A J Bell stadium the home of Salford Red Devils on Wednesday.
“With the season under way, we now feel it is important for Super League to separate what is an off-field matter from what is happening on the field,” said Robert Elstone, Super League's chief executive.
Although Elstone went on to say the super league board excepts the “legalities” involved in the RFL’s decesion to allow the registration he added;
“The board has voted unanimously to put in place measures that ensure the Super League has greater authority to stop controversial signings such as this in the future.
“As a sport, we have an impressive and enviable track record when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion and we will continue our great work in those areas.”
The Dragon’s chairman Bernard Guasch wasn’t in attendance at the meeting however a representative of the club as since confirmed the player in question will not be making his debut at this weekend’s game against Wakefield, despite him training with the squad this week.
Despite all the negative criticism Catalan head coach Ste McNamara still says he stands by his decesion to sign the former Queensland and Kangaroo player on a one year deal.
While other clubs are expected to follow in Wigan Warriors footsteps as they announced within just hours of the news of Folau’s signing being made public that heir home game against Catalan on March 22nd will be their “Pride Day” were the players will wear coloured socks and laces to help promote LGBT throughout the sport.
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