Israel Folau's legal bill may be mounting by the day

Israel Folau's legal bill may be mounting by the day

A major sponsor has ended its ties with Australian rugby player Israel Folau a day after he was found guilty of breach of contract for posting anti-LGBT social media posts.

"ASICS is dedicated to sport and its healthy contribution to society".

'We believe sport is for everyone and we champion inclusivity and diversity.

While there was nothing concrete about his social media activity in his newest multimillion-dollar deal, she and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said Folau had been told in no uncertain terms a year ago he was not to post inflammatory material about gay people online, though Folau reportedly disputes that.

The hits keep coming for Israel Folau, with ASICS ditching the fallen Wallabies superstar as an ambassador.

The rugby star, who is Christian, posted messages on Instagram and Twitter telling "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" that "hell awaits" unless they "repent".

The 30-year-old is still waiting to receive his punishment from Rugby Australia following his guilty verdict of breaching his rugby contract on Tuesday.

Folau also has the right of appeal, a process that would involve a completely new three-person panel being selected.

Folau's parents are Tongan, but Kefu acknowledges World Rugby rules mean he would be unable to play on the global stage for three years.

"As a sponsor of the Wallabies, we find Israel Folau's comments totally unacceptable", Mr Scanlan said.

What is understood to have been factored in is if Folau escapes, and then makes another inflammatory post, he and RA will be forced to head down another costly code of conduct hearing in future.

Jones called upon Folau to fight whatever ruling is handed down to him "with my support and the support of millions of Australians will take this fight every inch of the way".

He also received scorn from his Wallabies teammates, with Will Genia saying: "There are blokes at the Wallabies and the Waratahs that have certain beliefs that very much conflict with what he has said and done".

"The thing with Cheik is that he's passionate and like has been mentioned before, he's well off otherwise and he's doing this because he's passionate about it and I think that's a really good position to be in", he said.

Israel Folau could face a crippling legal bill over his bitter battle with Rugby Australia (RA). "My head is held high".

"This guy thinks that he's done this out of love for people".

"What this is causing, vis-a-vis a divide amongst fans amongst just the game in general, the other sports must be laughing at us", he said.

"For me, Israel is free to say whatever he chooses, but he is not free to force Rugby Australia to continue employing him if he has breached his contract by promoting views which undermine the organisation's values".

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