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Israel Folau prepared to exit rugby without legal fight

15 April 2019
Israel Folau prepared to exit rugby without legal fight

"Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he can not share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality".

Slippery slope for free speech?

With rugby league also turning its back on Folau, the supremely talented player faces his storied career coming to an end.

Andrew Webster has spoken out amid the Israel Folau saga, offering an incredibly classy response to the rugby star's homophobic comments.

Wallaby Israel Folau (left) and coach Michael Cheika. The 26-year-old player has been summoned by the Rugby Football Union while his club, Saracens, has condemned the comments and said the matter would be "handled internally".

One of Australia's most high-profile athletes, the rugby union star Israel Folau, is facing dismissal following online comments that homosexuals and other "sinners" would go to hell.

A spokesperson for the club said: "We recognise that people have different belief systems and we expect everyone to be treated equally with respect and humility".

Vunipola took to his own Instagram account to explain why he had "liked" Folau's post, claiming his beliefs had been insulted but that he did not "hate" anyone.

"In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract."

"RUPA will continue to offer our support to Israel as required".

The RFU said on Friday it intends to hold a meeting with Vunipola next week.

Folau's spectacular fall from grace even had the prime minister weighing in on Friday.

"It's obviously a decision that's in the process right now but I believe in a God that's in control of all things", Folau added.

Sport Australia boss Kate Palmer commended Rugby Australia's strong stance against discrimination and vilification and urged all sports to follow suit.

"You know it's important that people act with love and care and compassion to their fellow citizens and to speak sensitively to their fellow Australians", Morrison said.

Earlier in the day, Folau looked to be in good spirits after he was spotted at a Sydney cafe with his wife Maria Folau, and appeared to be in discussions with two associates.

The two sides met on Friday with the dual global, who started his career in rugby league, expected to go through a code of conduct hearing amid reports that he may have a legal case for religious discrimination.