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RA refute 'wildly inaccurate' Folau payout

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 05/12/2019 00:44:00 WWOS staff

a screenshot of a cell phone: Folau first caused controversy with this Instagram comment in April 2018 © InstagramFolau first caused controversy with this Instagram comment in April 2018 Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle has dismissed a report claiming Israel Folau was given $8 million as part of the settlement yesterday.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Folau received the million-dollar figure after days of mediation meetings with Rugby Australia in Melbourne, as the former Wallabies star was seeking $14 million compensation for his "wrongful termination".

However on Thursday morning, Castle refuted the $8 million amount.

"Folau settlement numbers are confidential but numbers being speculated are wildly inaccurate," Castle tweeted on Thursday morning.

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The out-of-court settlement yesterday concluded Folau's lengthy legal battle with RA.

The saga first began last April with his first controversial social media post claiming "hell" is "god's plan" for homosexuals "unless they repent of their sins and turn to god".

When he ignored RA's warning and on the one-year anniversary of that 2018 post again posted an offensive message on Instagram, he was deemed in breach of his $4 million contract with RA and sacked.

RA and Folau issued a joint statement on Wednesday after the confidential settlement was reached.

Both parties apologised for their actions.

"The social media post reflected Mr Folau's genuinely held religious beliefs, and Mr Folau did not intend to harm or offend any person when he uploaded the social media post," the statement said.

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"Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality and that he shares Rugby Australia's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.  

"Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby do not in any way agree with the content of the social media post.  Inclusiveness is one of Rugby's core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTI community.

Israel Folau wearing a suit and tie: Israel Folau has reportedly received $8 million in his Rugby Australia settlement. © Provided by Wide World of SportsIsrael Folau has reportedly received $8 million in his Rugby Australia settlement.

"While it was not Rugby Australia's intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus. Similarly, Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused.

"Rugby Australia and Mr Folau wish each other well for the future. The Parties do not intend to comment further on the terms of their settlement as it is confidential."

Israel Folau et al. posing for a picture: Maria Folau holds hands with husband Israel Folau © GettyMaria Folau holds hands with husband Israel Folau

An "extremely pleased" Folau and his wife Maria posted an additional message to YouTube following the settlement announcement.

"We have been vindicated and can now move on with our lives to focus on our faith and our family," he said.

Maria Tutaia, Israel Folau smiling for the camera: Israel Folau releases statement following settlement with Rugby Australia. Israel Folau releases statement following settlement with Rugby Australia.

"We started this journey on behalf of all people of faith to protect their rights of freedom of speech and religion.

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

In addition to Folau's homophobic comments on Instagram which sparked the feud with RA, he has more recently been criticised for his controversial sermons at his father's church linking the bushfires to gay marriage.

a man standing in a room: Israel Folau has come under scrutiny for labelling the deadly NSW bushfires as a © Provided by Nine Digital Pty LtdIsrael Folau has come under scrutiny for labelling the deadly NSW bushfires as a "taste of God's judgement".

That immediately put him offside with new Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys.

His predecessor Peter Beattie had already said Folau would not be welcome in the NRL and V'landys backed that stance, saying he had zero tolerance for the ex-Storm and Broncos star's anti-gay messages.

A future in French rugby is also unlikely with outspoken owner of rugby club Toulon, Mourad Boudjellal, labelling Folau a "moron".

- with AAP

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