Israel Folau’s contract with Rugby Australia has been terminated over his anti-gay social media outburst.
Last week, an independent three-person panel found Folau guilty of a high-level code-of-conduct breach for an Instagram post that said hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.
On Friday, Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle confirmed that the 30-year-old’s $4 million deal with the Wallabies and Waratahs had been officially annulled.
“Rugby Australia didn’t choose to be in this situation,” Castle told media. “But our position remains that we have no choice but to pursue the action that has resulted in today’s outcome.”
According to The Daily Telegraph, Folau will take RA to the supreme court to appeal the decision, foregoing the option of a second code of conduct hearing.
The now-former Wallabies star reportedly turned down a payout AU$1 million (NZ$1.6 million) to end his dispute with RA last week.