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Rugby player Israel Folau set to face contract termination after homophobic post

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Australian rugby is likely to face contract termination after he shared a homophobic post on

took to share the image reading: "WARNING drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, and idolaters HELL AWAITS YOU REPENT! ONLY "

"Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him," the rugby captioned the post.

The post did not go down well with Rugby Australia, the sport's governing body, and issued a statement with their "intention to terminate his contract."

"has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality," Chief Executive, and NSW Rugby Union CEO, said on Wednesday in its statement.

"Whilst is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. As a code, we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action."

The statement further said both and New Rugby Union have had made repeated attempts to contact the player, but Israel failed to "communicate directly with either organisation."

"Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated," Castle and Hore said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 16:39 IST
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