Israel Folau won’t be punished

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There will be no punishment for a rugby star who told gay people to go to hell, Rugby Australia bosses have confirmed. Folau came under fire as he told his Instagram commentators that God’s plan for gay people was hell. And when he was condemned for it, he said he was persecuted as Christian. Rugby Australia Tuesday confirmed that Folau will not face an official suspension. Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore and Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle met privately with the player before announcing the decision. Speaking to the media, Castle said that no action would be taken after Folau agreed to reconsider his attitude to what he posts on social media and how he responds to other people’s comments. She said: “There’s a very clear policy around social media. When [players] use public platforms they need to think about the implications of a comment they make. I think Israel has acknowledged that maybe he could have put a positive spin on that same message and done it in a more respectful way. He understands he’s caused some grief in this.”

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