Israel Folau admitted that he had breached code of conduct and offered to issue an apology following his anti-gay posts on social media according to court documents filed by Rugby Australia.
The former Australian rugby international saw his contract terminated in April after posts on his social media which were not in line with RA’s code of conduct.
The centre started legal proceedings against RA and New South Wales Waratahs and is looking for the reinstatement of his contract, an apology as well as $10 million in damages.
Folau has not played since the termination of his contract but he had reportedly been set for a return to rugby league, with the Tongan national team. However, that was recently shot down by the sport’s international governing body.
According to reports in various media outlets, including The Guardian, Folau, through his senior counsel, conceded that his conduct in making the posts constituted a breach of [the rules]” and “offered to make a public apology for the 2019 Posts”.
They also reported that the following was said by RA in court documents:
“Before the Tribunal, Mr Folau conceded that his posts had breached the Code of Conduct, conceded that the posts had the potential to cause damage to Rugby Australia’s relationship with sponsors, and conceded that he knew, at the time of posting, that transgender and homosexual persons may have been offended by the posts.”
The documents continue:
“Despite his concession that the posts breached the Code of Conduct, Mr Folau refused to take down the posts.”
“Remarkably, despite his concession before the Tribunal that he had breached the Code of Conduct, Mr Folau now seeks to argue that his posts did not breach the Code of Conduct.”
Folau made a statement of claim which was filed in August and argued that he had suffered “loss and damage” following his dismissal which he felt was unlawful.
He also accuses RA of dismissing him for his religion and political views and feels that he should be reinstated.