Rugbyer Israel Folau is Friday permanently dismissed by the Australian bond because of his controversial message on Instagram last month, in which he wrote that “hell is waiting” for homosexuals.
Rugby Australia made in april already known that the thirty years ‘ Folau no longer was welcome with the national team, but the 73-fold international then made use of his right to a hearing.
An independent commission decided on Friday that Folau, indeed, is guilty of a very serious breach of the code of conduct in his contract and that he, therefore, dismissed. The rugbyer has 72 hours to appeal against that judgment.
The very believer Folau, a member of the pinkstergemeenschap Assemblies of God, placed last month on his Instagram-account – that over 300,000 followers – a message with the text: “Drunks, homosexuals, vreemdgangers, liars, the immoral, thieves, atheists and pagans, the hell is waiting for you. Only Jesus saves.”
Folau set last year and one time a message with the same message. When he was not punished. The former player of the New South Wales Waratahs had, according to Australian media, a four-year contract worth 4 million Australian dollars (2.5 million euros) in Rugby to Australia.
The offending Instagram message from Folau.
“This is a painful situation for the sport’
The expectation was that Folau would be selected for the world cup in Japan, which starts in september, and where two-time world champion Australia to the contenders belongs to.
“This outcome is painful for the sport,” said Raelene Castle, CEO of the Australian rugby association, the team, at the discretion of the independent commission. “Rugby Australia chose not to in this situation, to end up, but we remain with our opinion that Israel has no choice left.”
“It is a very challenging period for rugby and this situation is an unwanted distraction in an important year for the sport, and the Australian team. But our clear message to all rugbyfans is that we need to stick to our standards and our values of inclusion and respect.”
Folau says in a statement “saddened” by the outcome of the case. “As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression. As a christian, I see it as my duty to the word of God spread. My religious beliefs would play for my country and club is not in the way.”
Israel #Folau has issued a statement after his sacking.
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