No appeal but Folau to continue contract fight

Sports | 21 May 2019

Israel Folau lashed out at Rugby Australia for damaging his reputation and signaled an intention to fight on after his contract was torn up over homophobic comments, stating: "I still have a lot of rugby left in me."

The devoutly Christian full-back was found guilty of a high-level breach of the governing body's code of conduct for saying "hell awaits" gays and others he deems sinners.

A tribunal decided it warranted an end to his four-year, A$4 million (HK$21.74 million) contract to play for the Wallabies and Waratahs. Folau was given 72 hours to appeal, but he opted against that.

"My decision not to commence Rugby Australia's appeal process is in no way an acceptance of the judicial panel's findings," he said. "I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia's ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process."

He has yet to make clear his next step, but is tipped to take the case, which has pitted his right to religious expression against restrictions on hate speech, to the courts.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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