Billy Vunipola issued formal warning by RFU after Saracens expressed their # 8 & # 39; sincere regret & # 39; on controversial responses to social media
Billy Vunipola has received a formal warning from the RFU about his controversial responses to social media in support of homophobic comments from Israel Folau.
England 8 was criticized for & # 39; licking & # 39; from an Israel Folau post in which the Australian full-back said that homosexuals and other & # 39; sinners & # 39; were intended for & # 39; hell & # 39 ;, before they said & # 39; the man was made to reproduce & # 39 ;.
Folau has since been fired by Rugby Australia for his second anti-homosexual social media posting this year and Vunipola received a formal warning from his Gallagher Premiership employers Saracens.
Vunipola received a formal warning from Saracens about controversial responses to social media
In a statement, the RFU said: & # 39; Following a meeting between the RFU and Billy Vunipola, the Saracens attacker was formally warned under RFU rule 5.12 for conduct that is harmful to the interests of the association or game.
& # 39; The warning will be kept in its disciplinary records for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings.
& # 39; During the meeting, the player expressed genuine regret about his public comments and understood that his actions had caused him pain and violation. He is reminded of his responsibilities as a player in England and as an ambassador for the game, which values inclusiveness and respect. & # 39;
Vunipola was dropped by Channel 4 rugby coverage after his comments and then booed when he played against Bristol at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
He published a statement yesterday on the website of Saracens and apologized for his comments
After long discussions with his club on Monday, the 26-year-old tried to clarify his Instagram post, which he broadcasted on Friday. He admitted in a statement that he had hurt & # 39; but had not apologized to the LGBT community.
The statement was: & # 39; I can see that my recent post has hurt people. It was never my intention to cause suffering. It was my intention to express my faith in the word of God. These beliefs are a source of great power, comfort and guidance in my life. This is very personal and does not represent the views of my team.
& # 39; Everyone who knows me knows that I live with ALL kindness and love.
& # 39; I have faith. My Christian faith has supported me through the ups and downsides of my life. God has given me many reasons in life and continues to give me to be thankful. & # 39;