Rugby star Israel Folau requests hearing over ‘hell awaits gay people’ comments
Folau, 30, faces his multi-million dollar contract being terminated and was given 48 hours to ask for the hearing or accept being sacked.
"Israel has responded formally today to request a code-of-conduct hearing, which – under the circumstances – was not an unexpected outcome," said Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle.
Rugby Australia said it will now make all the necessary arrangements with the Rugby Union Players' Association to set up the hearing.Also on rt.com Rugby Australia set to terminate Israel Folau contract after 'homophobic' rant controversy
"We will now work to confirm a date for the hearing as soon as possible."
"After the date for the hearing is confirmed, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will make no further comment on the matter until the code-of-conduct process has concluded."
Folau was embroiled in scandal after he took to social media again to express his religious views, which he said are “something personal with who [he is].”
“Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him,” the player wrote on Instagram on April 10, along with a series of biblical scriptures.
Last year, the rugby star was also in the center of an anti-gay rant after stating that gay people will go to hell “unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”