‘He’s tweeted about religion for a long time’: Waleed Aly says Israel Folau WILL be sacked after declaring gay people will go to hell on social media
- Waleed Aly says the rugby has a strong case against Israel Folau
- Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union want to terminate Folau’s contract
- Folau has refused to back down and asked for a code-of-conduct hearing
The Project host Waleed Aly has sensationally claimed Israel Folau will be stripped of his $4million rugby contract for declaring gay people will go to hell.
Aly, a devout Muslim and qualified lawyer, weighed in on Folau mess during the ABC’s latest episode of Offsiders.
‘It’s an interesting case,’ Mr Aly said, referencing Rugby Australia’s legal battle to have Folau sacked for breaching his contract over his social media post.
‘It ultimately comes downs to how broadly you wanna construe this idea of discrimination on the basis of religion.
‘Rugby will argue that he [Folau] is not being sacked for his religion, he is being sacked for a particular tweet, which they regarded as offensive and [it] violates the terms of his contract.’
Waleed Aly, one of the hosts of Network Ten’s The Project , says the rugby has a strong case against Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Israel Folau
Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have made it clear that they want to terminate Folau’s (pictured with his wife Maria) four-year multi-million dollar
Folau, a 30-year-old Evangelical Christian and former Mormon, faces being sacked following a post about drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters.
‘Hell awaits you. Repent! Only Jesus saves,’ Mr Folau remarked.
Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have made it clear that they want to terminate Folau’s four-year multi-million dollar contract over the social media posts, which were similar to ones he posted last year.
Aly said Folau would point to his previous social media activity in defending his contract.
‘Folau will basically say, you say you are not sacking me for my religion, you are just sacking me for expressing it. And that’s an artificial distinction,’ Aly said.
‘But ultimately the way employment law sits, I think that’s ultimate gonna be the strong case and it is the rugby league’s case.’
Folau has refused to back down, saying it was up to God whether he would carry on playing and insisting he would rather face the end of his career than retract his comments
Folau has refused to back down, saying his social media post was just a reflection of his Christian faith.
‘I’ll stand on what the Bible says. I share it with love.’
‘I can see the other side of the coin where people’s reactions are the total opposite to how I’m sharing it.’
Folau has asked for a code-of-conduct hearing to be scheduled.
Folau has been almost ever-present in the Wallabies number 15 shirt since switching to rugby union from Australian Rules in 2013.
He has scored 32 tries in 62 matches for Australia and his sacking would be a massive blow to coach Michael Cheika at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Folau has scored 32 tries in 62 matches for Australia and his sacking would be a massive blow to coach Michael Cheika at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan