Rugby Australia Issue Apology To Israel Folou After Case Settled

Rugby Australia Issue Apology To Israel Folou After Case Settled

Rugby Australia Issue Apology To Israel Folou After Case Settled

The statement on Wednesday said Folau's social media post "reflected [his] genuinely held religious beliefs" and that he "did not intend to harm or offend" when he uploaded it.

"Although Rugby Australia did not intend to do so, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologizes for the harm done to the Folaus".

RA and Folau issued a joint statement on Wednesday after reaching a confidential settlement, with both parties apologising for their actions.

Announcing the settlement, Rugby Australia apologised to Folau for "harm caused" - while the rugby star opted to apologise for any harm "to the game of rugby" without addressing the impact of his comments on young LGBT+ people.

"Folau settlement numbers are confidential but numbers being speculated are wildly inaccurate", she tweeted on Thursday.

After months of waiting, Israel Folau has won his highly publicised fight with Rugby Australia.

Castle said Rugby Australia was intent on not letting court proceedings drag into the new year, and was happy to have come to a decision that met the organisations financial interests.

"I think it's clear to see that our values are not aligned and the expectations that Rugby Australia would have of Israel coming back into the sport would not be acceptable to him", she said.

The second post moved RA to sack the player for a code of conduct violation and his four-year contract was terminated on the recommendation of a disciplinary panel.

A spokesman for Folau said that he wouldn't be making any immediate comment about his future, while RA said the 30-year-old wouldn't be playing rugby in Australia again under the current administration.

Previously, RA chief executive Raelene Castle said a tribunal found Folau had committed a high level breach of his contract and he had refused to curb his social media use.

"The anchor has been cut and we've finally cut him loose so that's the last we will hear of him and rugby".

"While we welcome news of the settlement and the apology from Rugby Australia, this case did expose how controversial and uncertain the legal protections for freedom of belief and speech are".

"I expected everything to go well, mainly because he had such an important support from the ACL and other people to his cause", he said. he declared.

"We now look forward to the federal government enacting the legislation necessary to further protect these strengths and rights for all Australians". "It's been a very hard time for Rugby Australia", she said.

Rugby Australia noted that "inclusiveness is one of rugby's core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTI community".

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