Israel Folau issued breach notice from Rugby Australia

April 15, 2019

Rugby Australia has officially drawn the sword on Israel Folau, issuing the defiant fullback a breach notice for his controversial Instagram post regarding homosexuals - something Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says is mainstream religious teaching.

The Wallabies star faces termination of his contract over his social media activity on April 10 when he posted to his Instagram account that: "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators" — adding they should "repent".

Folau has 48 hours to respond to accept the sanction or have the matter referred to a Code of Conduct hearing.

The breach was issued after the Rugby Australia Integrity Unit found Folau had committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct, a breach that warrants sacking.

“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 said in a statement.

“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.

Senator Bernardi has told Melbourne radio station 3AW's Nick McCallum the actions of Rugby Australia are driven by its major sponsor Qantas CEO Alan Joyce's intervention.

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