Israel Folau’s Ban Request to Play for Southport Tigers Suspended for One Month

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Israel Folau’s return to the Australian rugby league has stalled again after his lawsuit against the Queensland Rugby League was postponed.

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Controversial code-hopper Israel Folau is expected to return to Australian sport after a billionaire financier intervened.

Controversial code-hopper Israel Folau is expected to return to Australian sport after a billionaire financier intervened.

Israel Folau won’t be able to return to the rugby league field until at least July 12, after his order against the QRL was postponed for another month. Photo: Matt Roberts/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Israel Folau will not be able to play for the Southport Tigers for at least another month after his Supreme Court application was adjourned following a brief hearing on Friday.

The former Wallabies player had filed for a ban from the Queensland Rugby League in a bid to immediately return to the playing field for the third tier Gold Coast team.

He will not be able to play on the Gold Coast until at least July 12, when the case will be heard at a full-day hearing the following day.

Clive Palmer has financially supported Israel Folau's bid to return to playing rugby league on the Gold Coast.  Photo: Chris Hyde / Getty Images

Clive Palmer has financially supported Israel Folau’s bid to return to playing rugby league on the Gold Coast. Photo: Chris Hyde / Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The QRL had previously argued that they could not enroll Folau in the competition because he was still contractually bound to French Super League club the Catalan Dragons.

The Dragons insist that Folau is under contract with them, but Folau alleges that the club has failed to meet its financial obligations to him.

Folau’s legal representative, Edmund Robinson, of Alexander Law, and QRL’s representative, Damien Atkinson QC, noted in the Supreme Court on Friday that there was « no dispute » that Folau was still being paid by the Catalans.

Mr Atkinson said Folau had signed a contract that would not release him until November 2021.

Folau had previously claimed he was barred from returning to the rugby league field because he was discriminated against for his religious views. Homophobic social media posts he posted in 2019 resulted in his contract with Rugby Australia being torn up.

The QRL had previously said that Folau’s social media posts were not in line with their beliefs, but that they wanted to give him permission to play « at a community rugby league level and no higher », provided the Catalans give him permission. gifts to play.

The Dragons are reportedly demanding a « cleanup fee » after allowing Folau – who joined the club in January 2020 with a reported annual salary of $245,000 AUD – to return home to Australia out of compassion.

Before Justice Brown on Friday, both Mr Atkinson and Mr Robinson agreed that July 12 was the next available date to hear the case, but Mr Robinson was instructed to request an earlier hearing if possible, because of the « financial consequences » of Folau meanwhile does not play.

Originally published as Folau thwarted in short court hearing

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