Qantas Chief Says He Is 'Quite Happy' About Israel Folau Ruling

Troubled Wallabies star Israel Folau committed a high-level breach of the players's code

Troubled Wallabies star Israel Folau committed a high-level breach of the players's code

Earlier this week, peak body Rugby Australia determined that Folau's post broke the rules of his employment contract, declaring he was guilty of a "high level breach".

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"We champion inclusivity and diversity", the company wrote in a statement.

Auto company Land Rover also ditched their sponsorship agreement with Folau.

"The fact @RugbyAU intend to terminate @IzzyFolau contract would suggest it's become untenable", Mitchell said on Twitter after Folau suggested "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators" unless they repent.

Should the panel choose the most severe level of sanctions in their power and terminate his four-year, $4 million contract, it's expected the dual global will appeal.

The three-person panel has not yet decided an appropriate sanction on the fullback.

Before and during his code of conduct hearing, Folau could not make any guarantees he would refrain from making further social media posts targeting the gay community if he was kept on by Rugby Australia, and refused to take down the April 10 Instagram post that could have saved him from termination.

WA billionaire Andrew Forrest could provide Israel Folau a lifeline if the rugby union superstar is sacked by the Wallabies.

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"Israel Folau, with my support and the support of millions of Australians, will take this fight every inch of the way", Jones said.

Folau also quoted the King James version of Galatians 5:19‭-‬21, from which his Instagram post was inspired - and features a much longer list of wrongdoings.

Folau has not apologised or expressed any regrets for the posts, and was awaiting a decision on what his punishment for breaching the code would be.

The trio believe they made it clear to Folau what was and wasn't acceptable to post when he was handed his formal warning but at this week's code of conduct hearing, Folau argued RA did not specifically outline what he was barred from posting.

"I've just had a note from Israel, he won't mind if I'm sharing it with you because I said to him, "Hold your head up", Jones said.

"I think there's a difference between free speech and sometimes that can go over the borderline into hate speech", Bishop Harvey said. "My head is held high".

"I'm not too sure - that's something you would have to speak to (his Waratahs teammates) Bernard (Foley) and Nick Phipps and Michael Hooper and those guys about", Cooper said, adding that he empathised with Folau's flight. We've seen it many a time before - not just in rugby but in other codes - where some rules apply for some players and not others due to their impact on the game.

Jones has previously railed against free speech being "completely corrupted" in Australia and he let rip again Tuesday.

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