Channel 4 drops Billy Vunipola

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England rugby star Billy Vunipola has been dropped by Channel 4 after he defended Israel Folau for his anti-LGBT Instagram posts and liked some of them. Vunipola, who plays for the Saracens and the England national team, later made his own post saying that Folau had a right to say so and it did not mean he hated someone. “These views are incompatible with our values as an inclusive broadcaster and in light of this Billy Vunipola won’t be used as a contributor in Channel 4’s rugby coverage,” said the spokesperson of Channel 4. A spokesperson for England’s Rugby Football Union said that rugby is an inclusive sport and any discrimination is unacceptable, they invited Vunipola to discuss this issue with him in person. The Saracens have also distanced themselves from the comments, though the team promised to handle it. “As representatives and role models, Saracens players have a responsibility not only to themselves but to the club and wider society. Billy Vunipola’s recent social media posts are inconsistent with this and we take this matter very seriously. It will be handled internally,” they stated.

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