Australian rugby star Israel Folau has faced strong backlash for a homophobic Instagram post warning that “hell awaits” homosexuals. This is Folau’s second run-in with Rugby Australia regarding his expression of homophobic views on social media. Last year, he received a warning following a similar incident, that any further homophobic social media content would result in disciplinary action.
Folau has been issued a breach of contract notice by Rugby Australia, and submitted a formal request for a code of conduct hearing. The hearing is currently being confirmed.
Folau is a devout Christian, and has received vocal support from other religious people, including English rugby player Billy Vunipola.
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