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Israel Folau Is “Walking The Line” Says Rugby Australia Boss Raelene Castle

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle has said that Israel Folau is “walking the line” after his latest anti-homosexual social media post. 

Folau posted a video link to his Twitter account which opposed same-sex marriage and referred to it as “sexual perversions beyond description.”

Last month, Folau controversially said that all gay people are destined for hell and since then there has been plenty of outrage from Folau’s comments.

Last week, Folau said that he had no regrets over his remarks as he reaffirmed his stance on the issue and his beliefs.

A meeting with Rugby Australia and CEO Castle resulted in no punishment for the Wallabies star and Castle, speaking on Kick & Chase, said that this controversy is “singularly most difficult thing” she has had to deal with in her career.

“In my career, this is the singularly most difficult thing I’ve ever had to deal with,” Castle said on Kick and Chase. “And that’s because there is no black and white answer.

“On the one hand you’re dealing with a human rights issue and on the other hand, you’re dealing with a freedom of speech (issue). There’s someone’s right to express their views, whether it be religious or otherwise, and I think the test is whether it’s done in a respectful way. So that’s the measure we’ll continue to apply.”

Castle also said that if they sanctioned Folau for his comments, then they would risk alienating some of the rugby community who also share his views but she did admit that Folau is “walking the line” at the moment.

“There’s no doubt we’ve had conversations with Izzy about continuing to present his views in a respectful way. He is walking the line, we’ll continue the dialogue with him.”

You can watch the video which Folau posted, here and further comments from Castle, here

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter