Folau launches legal action against Rugby Australia

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Australia Captain's Run - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - November 23, 2018 Australia's Israel Folau during the captain's run Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Israel Folau has launched legal proceedings against Rugby Australia over the termination of his contract and is seeking “substantial remedies”, the former Wallabies fullback said on Thursday.

“No Australian of any faith should be fired for practising their religion,” Folau said in a statement that announced his decision to lodge case at the Fair Work Commission.

Folau was fired by Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs last month after a code of conduct hearing found him guilty of a “high level” breach for a post on social media that said hell awaited “homosexuals” and other groups.

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