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Rugby Australia have confirmed they are pressing ahead with their plans to terminate Israel Folau’s contract with the organisation following his latest homophobic outburst.
The Wallabies fullback was served with a breach notice over his homophobic social media posts this morning. He has been deemed to have committed a “high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct”, warranting the termination of his employment contract.
“Following the events of last year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as a player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations.” RA chief executive Raelene Castle declared on Monday
“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.”
Folau now has 48 hours to accept the sanction or refer it to a hearing but whatever course of action is taken, he faces an uncertain future in sport regardless.
The 30-year-old stood down by the Waratahs and his rugby union career in Australia appears over, while a return to his roots in league has been ruled out by the Australian Rugby League.