Israel Folau and Rugby Australia headed for court over anti-gay row
Rugby player Israel Folau is set to take his unfair dismissal case to court after failing to reach a settlement with Rugby Australia.
Folau’s contract was ended in May after the evangelical Christian told gay people that “hell awaits” them on social media.
On Instagram, he posted a meme which issued a “warning” to “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” that “HELL AWAITS YOU.”
Next to the message, which ends: “REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES,” Folau wrote: “Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent.
“Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”
Both Folau and Rugby Australia have said they are “disappointed” that no settlement was reached.
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Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union issued a joint statement, which said: “Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union are incredibly disappointed that the Fair Work conciliation has been unsuccessful and did not reach a resolution.
“We remain confident in our processes and will continue to do what is required to defend the values that underpin our game.”
Folau, who believes his dismissal amounts to religious discrimination, said: “Very, very disappointed by the outcome today.
“I’d like to thank those who’ve supported me throughout this time. I’ll continue to stand up for the freedoms of all Australians.”
The case is now expected to head to the Federal Court.
Folau, who was on a Aus$1 million-a year, four-year contract, is reportedly seeking Aus$10 million.
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