Israel Folau Releases Strong Statement After Being Sacked By Rugby Australia

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Terminated.

Israel Folau says he is “deeply saddened” and “considering his options” after his contract was terminated by Rugby Australia this morning over his latest homophobic posts on social media.

Folau was found guilty of a high-level breach by Rugby Australia in a hearing last week, with the governing body deciding that terminating his four year, $4 million contract was their only option, with the fullback refusing to back down in any way.

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In a statement released after his sacking, Folau said his beliefs should not prevent him from playing for his club and country.

“As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expressions,” the statement read.

“The Christian faith has always been part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s words.”

“Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club and country.”

Folau has the right to appeal against the termination of his contract, while a report in Australia says he is considering taking RA to the Supreme Court.