Israel Folau, Rugby Australia agree on confidential settlement over anti-gay comments

Israel Folau with wife, NZ netball star Maria Folau
Israel Folau with wife, NZ netball star Maria Folau Photo credit: Getty

Former Wallabies star Israel Folau and Rugby Australia have agreed upon a settlement over his legal dispute.

Folau was seeking $14 million in damages for wrongful termination, after RA sacked him for a code of conduct breach when he said on Instagram "hell awaits" gay people.

A marathon mediation session on Monday failed to yield a result. But on Wednesday, RA and Folau released a joint statement that confirmed a confidential amount had been reached.

“The Social Media Post reflected Mr Folau’s genuinely held religious beliefs," they said. "And Mr Folau did not intend to harm or offend any person when he uploaded the Social Media Post.

"Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality and that he shares Rugby Australia’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.

Rugby Australia reinforced their position of inclusivity and held firm on their disagreement with Folau's social media comments.

"Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby do not in any way agree with the content of the Social Media Post. 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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