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SportFolau legal challenge imminent: report

07:06  05 june  2019
07:06  05 june  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will monitor donations given to Israel Folau ’s church to assess whether the money is used to fund his expected legal challenge against Rugby Australia, the Courier Mail reports .

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Folau legal challenge imminent: report© AP Israel Folau's legal team will make their next move in coming days.

Israel Folau will reportedly lodge a legal challenge to his sacking within the next two days.

The Australian Financial Review reported the former Wallaby and Kangaroo had hired commercial law firm Macpherson Kelley to prepare a challenge after he was fired for an April 10 Instagram post saying homosexuals would go to hell.

The firm's head of employment, George Haros, who has also represented Opals basketballer Liz Cambage and St Kilda AFL player Ahmed Saad, said Macpherson Kelley believed Rugby Australia had acted "unlawfully".

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Israel Folau ’s legal challenge against his Rugby Australia termination is already off to a shaky start as Raelene Castle unloaded. But the ATO has told revealed to The Sunday Telegraph they will be monitoring donations to the former star with reports it could be funnelled through his church The

Folau 's legal battle with Rugby Australia (RA) got underway at the governing body's Sydney headquarters on Saturday and the Wallabies and Paying out Folau would be especially damaging for rugby across the ditch because of the financial implications, with The Daily Telegraph also reporting

"We believe Rugby Australia and the Waratahs have acted unfairly and unlawfully in their treatment of Israel," Haros told the AFR.

"Israel has several options available to him at this point, and we are considering his next steps."

Haros will work closely with top industrial relations silk Stuart Wood QC on a case the AFR reported was likely to involve claims of breach of contract and unlawful termination under the Fair Work Act, which protects employees from being sacked because of their religion.

Folau legal challenge imminent: report© Louise Kennerley No turning back: Israel Folau can pursue a number of avenues of appeal but must make a decision in the coming days.

Folau was sacked on May 20, giving him until next Monday to lodge an application to have his case heard in the Fair Work Commission, which is where he is expected to take up the legal fight.

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The Australian now reports that Folau will be armed with two legal loopholes up his sleeve should RA follow through with its publicly declared intent to sack He refused to talk when approached by a TV reporter, but it's understood Folau told Raj he wanted to observe his right to challenge RA's planned

Israel Folau ’s potential challenge to his sacking could turn on whether his conduct occurred in New South Wales, a legal expert has said.

In the football realm, it remains unclear where he will end up despite saying last month he wanted to keep playing professionally.

Despite reports on Wednesday that Folau could be welcomed back to the NRL if stipulations about his social media use were agreed upon, Australian Rugby League Commission chair Peter Beattie insisted the game's stance on his registration had not changed.

Folau legal challenge imminent: report© AAP Israel Folau once lit up State of Origin for Queensland, before moving to the AFL and then into rugby.

"The bottom line with all this is - and I have to say upfront that I don't really want to deal in hypotheticals - but the bottom line is that the post is still up," Beattie said.

"We haven't changed our position on this at all. To be honest I'm just cranky this has all come out on the eve of State of Origin - which is our biggest game of the year."

Rumours that the Broncos are interested in Folau have also been shut down by club officials.

Folau is unlikely to be given a second chance in the controversy-averse Japanese professional league, with all teams owned by major corporations such as Panasonic, Kobelco, Suntory and Toyota.

France's Top 14 could remain an option, but his wife Maria's netball career is also a consideration. She was recently named in New Zealand's squad for the upcoming Netball World Cup in England and plays with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Super Netball.

She could follow in the footsteps of other netballers and ply her trade as a player or coach in England, but the couple are understood to be deeply committed to growing their church communities in Sydney and Brisbane.

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Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia last month.

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