After a fruitless meeting with the player on Friday, the governing body declared Folau in breach of the sport's code of conduct and said he would be sacked unless he referred the case to a formal hearing, which he did on Wednesday.
Folau may have grounds to fight the ruling, with RA's failure to include a social media clause in his new contract set to be a key element in his hearing.
He signed an undisclosed new deal a year ago, and made at least one list as the highest-paid rugby player in the world.
Folau was warned after making similar homophobic comments a year ago. Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Forficators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters.
Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent.
"At its core, this is an issue of the responsibilities an employee owes to their employer and the commitments they make to their employer to abide by their employer's policies and procedures and adhere to their employer's values", Castle said.
NRL stars Benji Marshall and James Graham do not see a way for Israel Folau to return to rugby league. He then commented: "When words and actions aren't aligned. The fact Rugby Australia intend to terminate Israel Folau's contract would suggest it's become untenable", he wrote on Twitter.Читайте также: WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart tears Achilles’ tendon in right leg
"I respect people who are brought up with religious beliefs, and some who are entrenched and will follow those religious beliefs, no matter how narrow-minded they may be to the rest of us".
The hearing process would involve a panel of three, a representative of RA, a representative of the players' union RUPA and an independent person approved by both organisations, who would be the chair.
Seemingly at the 11 hour, Folau has responded and will take the matter further.
Folau has won 73 caps and was expected to play at this year's World Cup in Japan.
In an exclusive interview with SMH, Folau gave a defiant response to the Rugby Australia sanction.
Despite their clear difference in views, Owens said he had no difficulty separating that from the way he refereed Folau and other players who thought similarly.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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