English club threatens legal action over Folau signing

English club threatens legal action over Folau signing

English club threatens legal action over Folau signing

The fallout from Israel Folau's Super League signing continues with Hull KR threatening legal action over the divisive move.

The report also outlines that clubs are unhappy because they were not consulted about Folau's signing and it said, according to a club source, that "nearly all" Super League clubs have endorsed Hugdell's legal threat.

The Dragons last week announced the arrival of former Australia rugby union worldwide Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) in May 2019.

Catalans were not oblivious to Folau's form for such remarks and have said nothing of the kind will be tolerated during his time with them, stressing his contract can be terminated should he step out of line.

Folau was dumped by Rugby Australia previous year for expressing homophobic views on social media, with the saga dragged through the courts before being settled.

Super League chief executive Rob Elstone told reporters in Salford it was powerless to stop the 30-year-old from playing in the competition but stressed it was important "to separate what's an off-field matter from what's happening on the field".

The broadcaster said it had obtained an email in which Neil Hudgell put the Dragons "on notice" should Hull suffer financial loss due to the signing of the former Australia rugby union worldwide.

Super League clubs are reportedly leading a revolt against the controversial signing of Israel Folau by French club Catalans Dragons.

Israel Folau pauses during a training session with his new club Catalan Dragons in Perpignan, France.

The Catalans canceled plans for a press conference after a barrage of unwanted publicity, but conducted their own interview in which Folau expressed his gratitude for a way back to rugby.

Folau's signing comes after the National Rugby League ruled out his return to Australia's top-flight competition.

A league spokesman instead pointed to a January 28 statement where it said: "The moral responsibility for deciding whether to sign a player sits with individual clubs".

Wigan Warriors have said their round eight game against the Dragons on March 22 will be a Pride Day with the club's players wearing Rainbow socks and boot laces and gay rights groups invited to attend.

"It's been 10 years since I last played rugby league and I'm grateful for the opportunity."

"I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing alongside the boys".

In addition, the RFL said it did not have the "regulatory framework" to stop Folau from joining Catalans and as such could not "prevent his participation in the sport".

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