Israel Folau Shows 'No Remorse' Over Homophobic Posts And Is Effectively Sacked
Rugby Australia bosses have served Israel Folau a termination notice after last week's offensive social media posts, saying he was "unapologetic" and "showed no remorse".
This effectively means he has been sacked, but can choose to fight the matter through appropriate channels.
The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit deemed Folau had committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct warranting termination of his employment contract, for his post which 'warning' gay people (and others) would go to hell.
Folau, the star fullback with the NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies, has 48 hours to accept the sanction or have the matter referred to a Code of Conduct hearing.
The news comes 24 hours after Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said he would no longer consider Folau for selection.
"At its core, this is an issue of the responsibilities an employee owes to their employer and the commitments they make to their employer to abide by their employer’s policies and procedures and adhere to their employer's values," Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle said.
"Following the events of last year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as 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."
“All professional Rugby players in Australia are bound by the Code of Conduct and there is a process in place for any disciplinary matter. We appreciate that this particular matter will attract significant interest, but due process must be followed.”
Castle said "everyone's entitled to make a mistake" -- a reference to similar posts from Folau last year which sparked outrage.
But she added that Rugby Australia had made it very clear to Folau that further posts like that would be unacceptable, and that there would be disciplinary action taken if they appeared again.
That has now happened.