Publicado: Mier, Abril 17, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Billy Vunipola given formal warning by RFU

Billy Vunipola given formal warning by RFU

Folau declared "hell awaits" homosexuals, drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters in a post on Instagram, while also posting to Twitter a screenshot of the news that Tasmania had become the first Australian state to make genders optional on birth certificates, accompanied by the words: "The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways".

Castle described the Folau saga as "very disruptive" with the Wallabies left to face a hard World Cup campaign later this year without arguably their best player.

England forward Billy Vunipola has been "formally warned" about his future behaviour by his club Saracens who said he made a "serious error of judgement" in defending Israel Folau's anti-gay social media rant.

RA chief executive Raelene Castle insists that Folau is in breach of contract.

In an April 14 statement, Rugby Australia stated that Folau has 48 hours to appeal a notice of termination.

"The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings", the RFU said in a statement.

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

Rugby Australia CEO Raelone Castle said, "he was unapologetic with his posts and it left us no option".

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said Monday that Israel Folau's "disrespectful" anti-gay comments had ruled him out of selection as the World Cup looms.

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It was a really, really outstanding finish. "And I don't want to minimize that but I loved the first goal exactly the same". I'm not a Man City supporter or happy that they won the league. "I was a bit lucky that the ball hit the net like that".

"Getting out in that disrespectful manner publicly is not what our team's about". When you play in the gold (Wallabies) jersey, we're representing everyone in Australia.

"You know, we had a discussion after the last time", revealed Cheika on Monday, "And made it pretty clear about his right to believe and our support in that, if that's what he wants".

Yesterday Luke Fenton, president of the Edinburgh-based Thebans, who were formed in 2002, said the club were moved by Hastings' intervention and said: "It shows that rugby is a sport that keeps itself in check from the top and makes us feel protected".

"So it's tough but I am fairly confident we have got the depth in our squad to be able to cover him".

Folau told reporters after attending his church on Sunday that he stood by his posts and was prepared to walk away from the game for the sake of his faith. "That's the message that I'm trying to share, even though it comes across as harsh".

"I'll stand on what the Bible says", he said.

"His plans for me are better than whatever I can think".

In an interview with the Sydney Morning herald, Folau was unrepentant about his social media posts and said he would leave the outcome in God's hands. "If that's not to continue on playing, so be it", Folau said. "But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first", he told the publication.

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