Former dual international Israel Folau has received an apology from Rugby Australia after his case for unfair dismissal was finally settled.
Folau had been seeking damages of Aus $14m (£7.4m) from Rugby Australia and New South Wales Waratahs after his four-year contract was terminated in May.
The former Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos star was axed after he took to social media to reveal that hell was waiting for ‘drunks, homosexuals and adulterers’.
This caused massive offence around the world and his contracted was terminated. He has since been seeking damages and after 14 hours of mediation, the outcome was announced in a joint statement from Rugby Australia and Folau.
It read: “While it was not Rugby Australia’s intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus.
“Similarly, Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused.
“Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality and that he shares Rugby Australia’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
“Inclusiveness is one of Rugby’s core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTI community.”
The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.