Catalans Dragons: Super League investigating rainbow flag claim at Israel Folau debut

Tanya Simon
February 18, 2020

English Super League club Hull will allow fans to fly rainbow flags when they host Israel Folau's Catalans Dragons.

"I am here to be competitive, to play rugby league and be consistent with my performances for the team".

"Secondly because it is against club policy", Grey wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Folau, a dual code worldwide who has also played Aussie Rules football, was sacked by Rugby Australia after saying "hell awaits" gay people and others he considers sinners.

"The plan all along was to get him on the field and play the game".

Several Super League clubs made it known that they objected to Catalans signing Folau and collectively Super League's clubs have since voted to "put in place measures that ensure the Super League has greater authority to stop controversial signings such as this in the future".

"Israel Folau is a top-line player, he's unsafe, obviously on kicks and we found that out pretty quickly but that didn't have any effect on the game, it was more a poor performance by ourselves".

Club officials stressed that rainbow flags were not prohibited and wanted to gather more information about what had happened, while the Super League and Rugby Football League will investigate further. Is he a good person, is he a good player?

No head coach would answer more questions about his arrival in the Super League, Dragon Chief Steve McNamara, and his Tigers counterpart, Daryl Powell, both focused on the performance of their own team than the 80-minute performance. of an individual.

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"That's what we want from Israel, nothing else", McNamara said. We quite clearly do not believe in what he has said, we have made that clear in our club statement.

In an Instagram post in April that caused widespread outrage and led to his firing, Folau condemned "drunks, homosexuals" and warned "hell awaits" them.

He was suing Rugby Australia for AUD14 million (£7.3 million/$9.6 million/€8.6 million) but reached a settlement in December.

Former Australia full back Israel Folau seems to have instantly won over fans in the code after making an instant impact on the pitch for his team.

Maloney said he does not read or understand French newspapers, even though the Folau issue has grabbed widespread attention around the world on the same multi-language social networks Folau has posted on.

"It is a bit of the unknown so we have had a look at some footage of him".

Folau showed his strength in the air, holding another up-and-under following a juggling act, but came down just short of the line as Catalans continued to show plenty of attacking threat. "At least for me, personally, I don't see the fuss".

Super League, in which Catalans play, has said it is investigating.

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