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Australian rugby union drops Israel Folau over homophobic social media post

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The Australian rugby union authorities have terminated their contract with full-back Israel Folau after he posted a homophobic picture on social media.

The image, shared with his 338,000 followers on Instagram, said that hell awaits homosexuals, and likened them to drunks, adulterers and liars.

Folau, 30, was found to have committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players Code of Conduct by Rugby Australias integrity unit.

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - England v Australia - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - November 24, 2018 Australia's Israel Folau runs in to score their first try REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

Israel Folau, 30, has 48 hours to accept the sanction or face a code of conduct hearing (Picture: Reuters)

Rugby Australia Chief Executive Raelene Castle announces in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, April 15, 2019, that player Israel Folau has been served with a breach notice over his posts attacking gay people on social media platforms Twitter and Instagram on April 10. Folau said he had no intention of retracting or apologizing for his comments about gay people which, he insisted were based on his Christian beliefs. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said Folau was warned about his posts (Picture: AP)

He is now ruled out of playing the Rugby World Cup, which will take place in Japan later this year.

The 73-cap international now has 48 hours to accept the sanction or face a code of conduct hearing.

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Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said: Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations.

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It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.

Folau shared the image calling for homosexuals to repent on Instagram four days ago.

epa07500176 (FILE) - Israel Folau of Australia celebrates during the 2018 Rugby Union Championship game between the Pumas of Argentina and the Wallabies of Australia at the Ernesto Martearena Stadium in Salta, Argentina, 06 October 2018. Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union say on 11 April 2019 that 'as a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.' 'In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.' EPA/JAN TOUZEAU

The full-back said that homosexuals should repent (Picture: EPA)

He captioned the image: Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves youRead More – Source

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