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Australia: Anti-gay Folau says he won’t back down in RA row

Australia: Anti-gay Folau says he won’t back down in RA row

(Reuters) – Australia fullback Israel Folau has said he had chances to ease tensions amid the furore over his social media post, and get back to playing rugby, but had resisted them all, because it would be doing “Satan’s” work. Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, is awaiting sanction after being found guilty of a ‘high-level’ breach […]

Australia: Asics drops homophobic Folau as brand ambassador

Australia: Asics drops homophobic Folau as brand ambassador

(Reuters) – Israel Folau’s protracted dismissal by Rugby Australia looked no closer to a conclusion on Thursday, but the 30-year-old was already being hit hard in the pocket for his decision to post a social media message many viewed as homophobic. While the panel that on Tuesday adjudged Folau had been guilty of a ‘high […]

Australia: RA Johnson criticises Folau’s anti-gay remarks

Australia: RA Johnson criticises Folau’s anti-gay remarks

(Reuters) – Wallabies’ Director of Rugby, Scott Johnson, has backed the hard-line stance taken by Rugby Australia (RA) over Israel Folau’s controversial social media posts and called for the sport to embrace inclusiveness. Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, faces having his Wallabies contract torn up, after posting comments that gay people were destined for “hell” if […]

Australia’s Folau asks for code of conduct hearing

Australia’s Folau asks for code of conduct hearing

(Reuters) – Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has asked for a code of conduct hearing to be scheduled by Rugby Australia (RA) after the governing body said they intended to terminate his contract for controversial social media posts. The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, was issued a code of conduct breach notice on Monday following an […]

Rugby Australia says Folau anti-gay comments are ‘unacceptable’

Rugby Australia says Folau anti-gay comments are ‘unacceptable’

(Reuters) – Rugby Australia (RA) said on Wednesday that fullback ,Israel Folau’s latest anti-gay comments on social media were “unacceptable” and its integrity unit would look into the matter. Wallabies international, Folau, one of the nation’s top players and most marketable athletes, wrote on Instagram that gays would be condemned to “hell” if they failed […]