REVEALED: RFU rebuked Billy Vunipola for ignoring contract guidelines that recommend English stars to behave on social media, such as & # 39; broadcasting on kids & # 39; TV & # 39;
- Billy Vunipola was reprimanded by the RFU for ignoring guidelines in his contract
- Players are told that they behave on social media as if they were on children's television
- Vunipola escaped a fine or ban for his Instagram message and did not apologize
- Guidelines for English-speaking players must be updated prior to the World Cup
Billy Vunipola was reprimanded by the RFU for ignoring guidelines set out in his contract, which said England & # 39; role models & # 39; warn to behave on social media as if they were on children's television.
England 8, 26, escaped a fine or ban for his Instagram post – in which the expression & # 39; man was made for women to reproduce & # 39; includes. He has not apologized and is still online with more than 8000 & # 39; likes & # 39 ;.
But he received a formal warning from the RFU, his second such blow on the wrist after Saracens had issued a similar sanction, a blemish that remains on his record for five years and can be increased in any future cases.
Billy Vunipola was reprimanded by the RFU for ignoring guidelines in his contract
And Sportsmail can reveal details of the RFU guidelines for social media that Vunipola appears to have violated – hence why the union had to act.
The four-page & # 39; s guide of this season, viewed by this newspaper, is included in all English contracts and is signed by players every year.
One of the 35 points recommends that players & # 39; everything you put on social media & # 39; should think of as a children's TV broadcast – and remember that you and the media consider you role models, whether you like it or not & # 39; .
Players are told that they behave on social media as if they were on children's television
Although the guidelines for English-speaking players regarding their activities on social media need to be updated prior to the World Cup, Sportsmail understands that the management will not impose a blackout during the tournament. Team members will be encouraged to take responsibility for their public comments while in the Far East, but they are not allowed to post messages.
Apart from that, the most important element with regard to the Vunipola case is one that reads: & Do not use abusive, indecent or abusive words themselves. This includes all inappropriate references to ethnic origin, color, race, nationality, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation or disability. By sharing or retweeting something of this nature, you become responsible for its content. & # 39;
Since these are only guidelines and not hard and fast rules, Vunipola is not in violation of his RFU contract, but he will be reminded of the elements for which he has applied.
Vunipola escaped a fine or ban for his Instagram message and did not apologize
The RFU statement issued yesterday concluded that Vunipola & # 39; has been reminded of its responsibilities as a player in England and as ambassador for the game, which values inclusiveness and respect & # 39 ;.
The false informed messages from Vunipola, which he posted Friday morning, were in support of the homophobic Australian peoples Israel Folau, who said that & # 39; hell is waiting for gay & # 39; s & # 39; s.
The union warned him under Rule 5.12, warning Danny Sipriani in September last year of his arrest during a pre-season evening in Gloucester, Jersey. This concerns & # 39; behavior that is harmful to the interests of the association or the game & # 39 ;.
& # 39; During the meeting, the player expressed genuine regret about his public comments and understood that he had caused pain and violation through his actions & # 39 ;, read the RFU statement.
Guidelines for English-speaking players must be updated later this year prior to the World Cup
England players have previously violated these social media guidelines.
In 2016, Joe Marler, former foreman of England, also received a formal warning from the RFU – although it was subject to a different disciplinary arrangement.
He then tweeted: & # 39; Bob Dwyer is a w ***** & # 39; in response to the former Australian coach who claimed that England cheated at the scrum before he knew it.
At Saracens, head coach Mark McCall expects the Munster Vunipola fans to play in the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday, as Bristol supporters did last weekend.
& # 39; It is better to expect it to happen, and then wait, & # 39; said the Northern Irishman, who expects Vunipola to start the game from number 8.
& # 39; He must deal with that and we must deal with it as a group. Billy is sensitive, but he is also strong. He has a group that supports their teammates. & # 39;