Long way to go in Folau “free speech” case

Australian Rugby star Israel Folau will this weekend challenge Rugby Australia’s (RA) decision to issue him with a ‘high-level’ breach notice under the player Code of Conduct.

The notice was issued in response to an Instagram post in which Folau claimed that ‘hell awaits’ homosexuals and others.

An employment law expert at the University of Sydney Business School, Giuseppe Carabetta, has described the complex case as a “perfect storm of conflicting religious, corporate sponsorship and moral issues.”

“The Folau case may eventually involve not only RA’s Code of Conduct but also aspects of contract law, Anti-Discrimination laws and employee rights under the Fair Work Act,” said Carabetta.

“The case may well have a very long way to run,” he concluded.

/Public Release.