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Israel Folau’s comments that homosexuals are “going to hell” would not be accepted in rugby league, NRL boss Todd Greenberg has told Fairfax Media.
The Wallabies superstar made the comments in a response on Instagram last week, saying that God’s plan for gay people was “hell”.
“No, it would not (be acceptable),” Greenberg told The Sydney Morning Herald. “Being inclusive can’t just be a word on a wall. You have to live and breathe it every day.
“All our athletes have to be careful. There are people who will read that and it will be quite damaging to them … That would not have been his intent, but it is very damaging to some people.”
Folau is off-contract at the end of the year and is due for further meetings with rugby powerbrokers after an initial sit-down this week failed to produce an outcome.
The 29-year-old first made his name with Melbourne in the NRL before a move to Brisbane prior to a stint with AFL’s GWS Giants.
He has been linked with a return to rugby league next season.