Rugby Rugby Australia and Israel Folau settle legal dispute

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December 05, 2019 00:42:23

Rugby Australia has apologised to Israel Folau as part of a confidential settlement reached over the former Wallabies player’s sacking.

Rugby Key points:

  • Folau was suing Rugby Australia for $14 million over his sacking
  • Rugby Australia and Folau have apologised to each other as part of an out-of-court settlement
  • A joint statement said Folau’s controversial social media commentary was based on “genuinely held religious beliefs”

Folau’s contract was terminated by Rugby Australia in May after he posted to social media that homosexuals, among others, would go to hell.

Folau then took legal action against Rugby Australia, demanding $14 million in compensation and an apology for what he claimed was unlawful dismissal.

Mediation talks between Folau and Rugby Australia began at the Federal Court in Melbourne on Monday but were suspended after 12 hours.

On Wednesday, ajoint statement from Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby and Folau confirmed a settlement had been reached after talks resumed via teleconference.

“While it was not Rugby Australia’s intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus,” the statement said.

​”Similarly, Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused.”

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