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Rugby - Australia's Folau sacked over social media posts

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Rugby - Australia's Folau sacked over social media posts
Rugby Union - England v Australia - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - November 24, 2018 Australia's Israel Folau scores their second try Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs   -   Copyright  PAUL CHILDS(Reuters)

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is to have his contract terminated after posting a meme on social media that said gay people would go to “hell” if they did not “repent”, Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs said on Thursday.

“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,” the chief executives of both bodies said in a statement.

“In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”

The 30-year-old former rugby league international, a fundamentalist Christian, posted similar comments last year but signed a new deal through 2022 with Rugby Australia in February.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Simon Jennings)