An irate Israel Folau fan has shown his frustration by burning a Wallabies jersey in protest against Rugby Australia.
A man who calls himself MV Podcast posted a video to social media on Friday after a panel gave Folau 72-hours to appeal the high-level code of conduct breach and sanction over his controversial social media posts.
In the the video, the man slams Rugby Australia’s decision and proceeds to burn a Wallabies jersey in a bucket.
“I have a been a Wallabies fan for 25 years, always found a way to defend them despite the zero success Rugby Australia has had for years,” he wrote with the video.
“Haven’t seen a World Cup Championship since 1999, haven’t seen the Bledisloe since 2002. Somehow I found a way to defend and support them. I can no longer defend them any longer after the Israel Folau sacking.
“Israel Folau one of my all time favourite players can no longer make a living off of Rugby, whilst others who have broken LAWS continue to play! Rugby Australia is a joke, and this whole situation is just getting started! Israel Folau quoted a bible verse on his Instagram which has ultimately cost him his career with Australia.
“A career lost because of social media.”
Folau’s contract was officially terminated on Monday after the former Wallabies star allowed the deadline pass.
Folau had until Monday afternoon to appeal his high-level code of conduct breach and sanction over his religiously-motivated but controversial social media posts.
However he opted to let that deadline pass.
“As Folau has not notified the panel of his intention to appeal, the Code of Conduct process has now formally concluded,” RA said in a statement on Monday.
“With the Code of Conduct matter complete, Folau’s employment contract will be terminated.”
The former Wallabies star now appears certain to take legal action against Rugby Australia.