Things Have Gone From Bad To Worse For Israel Folau Following Guilty Verdict
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Wallabies fullback Israel Folau looks set to have his $4million contract terminated by Rugby Australia after he was found guilty of a “high-level breach” by Rugby Australia – and things have not gone from bad to worse for the 30-year-old.
ASICS, who manufacture Australia’s kit, count Folau as one of their brand ambassadors, but announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday night it was parting ways with the Wallabies star, further adding to his woes following his controversial homophobic post.
“ASICS is dedicated to sport and its healthy contribution to society,” the company said in a statement.
“We believe sport is for everyone and we champion inclusivity and diversity.”
“While Israel Folau is entitled to his personal views, some of those expressed in recent social media posts are not aligned with those of ASICS. As such, our partnership with Israel has become untenable and he will no longer represent ASICS as a brand ambassador.”
Folau and Rugby Australia have 72 hours following yesterday’s decision to decide on an appeal following his three-day hearing.