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Israel Folau: Australian rugby star sacked over anti-gay social media posts ▷ Kenya News



Australian rugby star Israel Folau has been sacked after posting an anti-gay statement social media.

Folau was shown the door after he was found in high-breach of a code of conduct by a three person tribunal on Friday, May 18, that recommended the Wallabies star’s contract be terminated.

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Israel Folau of the Wallabies looks on during the Third International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Ireland at Allianz Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
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The devout Christian found himself in hot soup following a social media post highlighting how “hell awaited all drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters”.

“This is a decision that will change the landscape for sports in Australia and possibly across the world… we wanted to make sure we took time to get the right decision,” Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle said during a press conference on Friday, according to New Zealand Herald.

“In rugby, there is not a place for someone that puts their views or position in front of everyone else’s. That is true of every employee we have at Rugby Australia, we all need to work together and live to the value of Rugby Australia,” Castle said.

Interestingly, the Waratah winger’s anti-gay post made in April has not been deleted from his Instagram account despite the star being completely aware of the impeding consequences.

In a statement following the decision by Rugby Australia, Folau said he was saddened but remained unapologetic over his anti-gay post and said he had every right to express himself.

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“As Australian, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression.

“The Christian faith has always been a part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word. Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club or country” he responded.

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On top of his multi-million dollar contract that was meant to run to 2022 being terminated, Folau was also dropped as a brand ambassador for sportswear brand Asics.

The decision has officially ended his Australian rugby career following 73 tests for the national rugby team.

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“It has been a privilege and an honour to represent Australia ans my home state of New South Wales, Playing the game I love,” Folau stated.

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