Israel Folau escapes ARU sanction

Date published: April 17 2018

Israel Folau has escaped sanction from the Australian Rugby Union after clarifying his controversial remarks on gay people in a column on Monday night.

The piece was published in the Player's Voice in which Folau clarified his anti-gay comments posted in an Instagram thread earlier this month.

In the column, he reiterated his beliefs on homosexuality and God and also criticised ARU CEO Raelene Castle for 'misrepresenting his position' at a press conference following their meeting on Tuesday last week.

Despite this, Castle is satisfied with the “respectful” way in which the Wallabies’ highest-paid player explained his position.

“In his article, Israel clearly articulated his religious beliefs and why his faith is important to him and has provided context behind his social media comment," Castle told Fairfax Media.

"In his own words, Israel said that he did not intend to upset people intentionally or bring hurt to the game. We accept Israel’s position.

“Rugby Australia will use this experience as an opportunity to remind all employees of their obligation to use social media in a respectful way.”

However, Folau could yet face punishment from Wallabies' rugby sponsors Qantas, who are strong advocates of same-sex marriage.