The Israel Folau saga seems to be coming to an end.
This has been a story that has rocked the rugby world – and sporting world in general – as it has opened a new debate regarding the topics of freedom of religion, hate speech, homophobia, etc.
It is a debate that will continue long after this episode.
This morning ARU CEO, Raelene Castle announced the termination in a press conference where she stated that “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 that we have at Rugby Australia.”
On the 8th of May a three-man tribunal was convened to hear evidence from both parties in relation to the players social media conduct. Considering that this was the player’s second breach of a similar nature, that he had refused to take the post down and furthermore refused to refrain from posting such comments in the future a decision had to be made.
The 30 year old Australian rugby superstar and all-time top try scorer in Super Rugby has now spoken out in reaction to his sacking.
“As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expressions.”
“The Christian faith has always been part of my life and I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s words.”
“Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club and country.”
Has Israel Folau effectively ended is playing career or will he be picked up by a European or Japanese side in the future?..