The Code of Conduct hearing for Israel Folau has concluded, Rugby Australia confirmed in a statement today.
The hearing was in response to Folau’s controversial social media posts where he outlined that hell awaits gay people.
Since those social media posts, Folau has not played rugby for his club the Waratahs and it is widely expected that his contract will be terminated.
The outcome of the hearing is that Folau has committed a “high-level breach” of the professional players’ code of conduct and that a decision on the appropriate sanction will be made in due course.
The hearing panel will continue to take written submissions from the relevant parties before a final decision on Folau’s future is made.
“The Code of Conduct hearing in the matter of Israel Folau has concluded in Sydney today,” a statement from Rugby Australia read.
“A panel of John West QC (Chair), Kate Eastman SC and John Boultee AM presided over the three-day hearing which commenced on May 4.
“The panel has today provided a judgement that Israel Folau committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct with his social media posts on April 10, 2019.
“The panel will now take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction.
“A further update will be provided after the panel delivers its decision on sanction.”
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