Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is set for a showdown with Rugby Australia (RA)after he was handed a breach notice over his controversial social media post.
The governing body issued the 30-year-old with the notice on Tuesday, giving him 48 hours to respond or face the sack, following a homophobic Instagram post, which stated that gay people, among others were headed for hell unless they repent from sin.
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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. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Acts 17:30 KJV _______________
According to RA, Folau has since signalled his intention to challenge the sanction, with the matter set for a tribunal hearing.
“Israel Folau has today (Wednesday) responded to a breach of notice issued to him by Rugby Australia in relation to his social media posts on April 10,” a statement sent out by RA reads.
“Folau has requested the matter be referred to a Code of Conduct hearing.”
RA said it would arrange for the hearing along with the Rugby Union Players’ Association, and would not comment on the matter until after the process.
The latest developments are somewhat of an about turn from Folau who, in his first interview since the controversy, indicated he was prepared to let go of his rugby career.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday, the Waratahs star said he would miss playing, but would rather go with God’s will.
“First and foremost, I live for God now. Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue playing, so be it.
“In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path, I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.”
Folau has another three years remaining on his contract with Rugby Australia, which is worth a reported AUS $4million.