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‘It’s monstrous’: Alan Jones slams termination of Israel Folau’s contract

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Israel Folau’s contract has officially been terminated after he posted a homophobic photo on Instagram.

Rugby Australia originally tore up his contract after he posted an image on his Instagram stating drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters would go to hell.

Folau requested a code of conduct hearing in an attempt to fight the decision.

But an independent three-person panel found Folau guilty of a ‘high-level’ breach of Rugby Australia’s code of conduct on May 7.

The same panel has now found that the controversial Instagram post warrants his termination.

He now has 72 hours to appeal the decision if he wishes to do so, and has previously indicated he’s prepared to take the issue to the Supreme Court.

Folau was previously reprimanded a year ago by Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle for a similar post.

Former Wallabies coach and 2GB breakfast host Alan Jones says he’s spoken to Folau and the result hasn’t come as a shock.

“Of course he’ll appeal, this is just monstrous.

“It’s immensely damaging to the game and the legacy of the game.

“Of course an employer has certain rights, but you actually don’t own the person. This is not in the workplace, this is outside the workplace for proclaiming his Christian faith.”

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Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle says the decision is an important milestone in making all players and supporters feel welcome in the game.

“We need to stand by our values.

“When we are talking about inclusiveness in our game, we’re talking about respecting differences as well.

“People need to feel safe and welcome in our game.”