Israel Folau settles legal dispute with Rugby Australia over sacking

Israel Folau and Rugby Australia reach settlement in long running dispute

Israel Folau and Rugby Australia reach settlement in long running dispute

Folau, the 30-year-old son of a pastor, admitted his post caused harm but maintained he would put up "whatever he likes" on social media and "did not intend to harm or offend any person", according to the Guardian.

One question already being asked by Christian commentator Nathan Campbell is "what happens to the $2 million the ACL raised for Folau's legal costs now that Folau has settled and won't be a religious freedom test case?"

Since then, shocking details have emerged from the case, including an admission by Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle that she had instructed her staff to closely monitor Folau's personal social media accounts on the lookout for any posts they didn't agree with.

The governing body also apologized for any hurt caused to Folau and his family, while Folau said he had not meant to cause any harm to the sport of rugby.

The statement says while it was not Rugby Australia's intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folau's.

The two sides announced a confidential settlement had been reached on Wednesday afternoon, after mediation ordered by the Federal Circuit Court.

Folau asserted that he was unlawfully given the boot over social media posts he made in which he declared that homosexuals (among others) were doomed to hell and implied that transgender and intersex people are evil.

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The terms of the settlement, however, are confidential.

The twin posts came after the code-hopper had been warned about his social media use during the 2018 season.

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

Folau was originally seeking $10 million but boosted the amount by $4 million in an updated statement of claim last week, arguing he could have led the Wallabies to Rugby World Cup victory in Japan.

The former rugby league and AFL player recently attracted criticism after he said the deadly bushfires were God's judgement for same-sex marriage and abortion laws.

Folau launched a legal fight against his former employer in August, with lawyers for the ex-Waratahs player claiming his actions were "consistent with his freedom of religious expression".

"We now look forward to the federal government enacting the legislation necessary to further protect and strengthen these rights for all Australians".

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