Billy Vunipola: RFU formally warn England forward over apparent support of Israel Folau


Billy Vunipola: RFU formally warn England forward over apparent support of Israel Folau

Billy Vunipola has been formally warned by the Rugby Football Union for a homophobic comment made on Instagram while appearing to express support for Australia’s Israel Folau.

Vunipola was summoned to talks by the RFU to discuss a post that read: “Man was made for woman to pro create [sic] that was the goal no?”.

Vunipola has been ‘reminded of his responsibilities’ by the RFU

England’s number eight also liked a social media post by Australia full-back and fellow devout Christian Folau, who stated ‘hell awaits’ for ‘homosexuals’.

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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. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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An RFU statement read: “Following a meeting between the RFU and Billy Vunipola, the Saracens forward has been issued with a formal warning under RFU rule 5.12 for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game.”

Vunipola has escaped a fine or ban from Twickenham, making him available for England’s four warm-up Tests ahead of this autumn’s World Cup.

The RFU statement continued: “The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings.

“During the meeting the player expressed genuine regret at his public comments and understood that he had caused hurt and offence as a result of his actions.