Super League has revealed that measures will be put in place to ensure the company has “greater authority to stop controversial signings” in the wake of Catalans Dragons’ acquisition of Israel Folau.
On Wednesday, all 12 Super League clubs gathered at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford, with Folau’s signing being top of the agenda.
The former Wallaby fullback has been out of action since last April, following his dismissal from Australia Rugby after anti-LGBT social media posts, but signed a one-year deal with the Perpignan club last week.
Super League Statement: Israel Folau
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 5, 2020
“Super League has clearly and consistently outlined its position on Israel Folau,” the statement read.
“With the new season underway, we now feel it is important for Super League to separate what is an off-field matter from what is happening on the field.
“The Super League Board accepts the legalities around the RFL’s decision to register Israel Folau, and the Board has voted unanimously to put in place measures that ensure the Super League has greater authority to stop controversial signings such as these in the future.”
“As a sport we have an impressive and enviable track record when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion and we will continue our great work in those areas.”
It is believed that Folau has started training with his Catalans teammates, but it remains unclear whether the Australian will make his debut when the Dragons travel to Wakefield on Sunday.
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Statement – Super League